HC Deb 16 December 1948 vol 459 cc215-6W
Mr. Granville

asked the Minister of Food if he is aware that large quantities of Arran Banner and other varieties of potatoes are rotting in the clamps and will he now reconsider his policy on stock feed potatoes to enable purchases to be properly planned ahead.

Mr. Strachey

Varieties of potatoes susceptible to disease, in particular Arran Banner and Gladstone, have been affected in varying degrees, but most of the stocks liable to early deterioration have now been offered to my Department for purchase and priority is being given to their movement. I have already announced that stockfeed potatoes will be available throughout the winter so that farmers may plan their purchases ahead and I have in fact been selling surplus potatoes for this purpose since early in September. I am glad to have this opportunity of giving further publicity to that policy.