HC Deb 11 November 1947 vol 444 cc65-6W
Sir W. Smithers

asked the Minister of Food when dealers are sent notice of allocations of potatoes; on what basis the allocation is made; and how long a period it is supposed to cover.

Mr. Strachey

The wholesaler is informed by return of post of the proportion of his order that the Ministry itself proposes to supply. This proportion is determined by reference to the wholesaler's past trading and the availability of supplies at the time of ordering. Allotments are not related to specific periods as the time taken by growers to fulfil orders varies.