HC Deb 18 May 1956 vol 552 c201W
Sir A. Bossom

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will arrange that the women who have hitherto been employed on the Colorado Beetle spraying campaign, which has now been discontinued, should be employed for work in connection with potato root eelworm.

Mr. Amory

These officers are still employed on work in connection with the health of the potato crop, including potato root eelworm.

Captain Kerby

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food whether he will ask the Consumers' Committee set up under Section 9 of the Agricultural Marketing Act, 1931, to make a report to him on the effect of the Potato Marketing Scheme, and the actions of the Board created thereunder on the present potato shortage and high prices.

Mr. Amory

It is already part of the statutory duty of the Consumers' Committee concerned to consider the effect on consumers of any such marketing scheme and to report as they may think fit.