HC Deb 16 February 1948 vol 447 c147W
59. Mr. Hurd

asked the Minister of Agriculture if he is aware that fertilizer manufacturers are reducing the proportion of potash in compound fertilisers for potatoes owing to lack of supplies; and what action he proposes to obviate this.

Mr. T. Williams

I am aware that there are some local shortages of the higher grades of potash required for compound fertilisers. Increased imports have been arranged and my right hon. Friend the President of the Board of Trade is doing everything possible to expedite the arrival in this country of high grade materials.

61. Mr. Dye

asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he is aware that there is a shortage of potash in Norfolk; and whether he can hasten supplies so as to enable farmers to take advantage of the favourable conditions for early sowing of crops.

Mr. T. Williams

I am aware of some local shortages of potash in Norfolk, and that there may be some delay in meeting orders, which are heavy. Everything possible is being done to enable farmers to get the supplies they need in time for sowing.