HC Deb 06 December 1950 vol 482 cc60-1W
56. Mrs. Mann

asked the Minister of Food if he has had comparisons made in the price of vegetables between Scotland and England; and why the price in Scotland is higher, namely, brussels sprouts, London 5d., Glasgow 9d. per lb.

Mr. Webb

Prices in Scotland of vegetables like brussels sprouts and cauliflowers, which are not grown extensively there, are usually higher because of the greater transport and handling costs involved in obtaining supplies from the main growing areas south of the Border. For example, only 820 acres in Scotland are given over to brussels sprouts, as against 45,000 acres in England and Wales. On the other hand, according to my information, prices of many other vegetables such as carrots, cabbages, onions, turnips, and swedes, compare quite favourably with those in London and the rest of England and Wales.

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