HC Deb 18 November 1957 vol 578 cc1-2W
36. Mr. Grey

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he is aware of the anxiety felt by fish and chip friers because of the indications of a potato shortage; and whether he will consider as quickly as possible the question of importing potatoes.

Mr. Godber

I would refer the hon. Member to the reply given to the hon. Member for Brixton (Mr. Lipton) today.

Mr. Grey

asked the Minister of Agriculture. Fisheries and Food if he will state the potato yield per acre for 1957.

Mr. Godber

The latest estimate of the yield per acre of potatoes grown on agricultural holdings in the United Kingdom in 1957 is 7.0 tons per acre. The estimate is based on reports made by local officers of the three agricultural departments (as at 1st October in the case of Scotland, and 1st November in the case of England and Wales and Northern Ireland), and is subject to revision.

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