§ 87. Mr. Awbery
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what was the cause of the shortage of potatoes a month ago in many parts of the country; if there are still any of last year's crops to be lifted from the ground; and what steps he will now take to ensure adequate and regular supplies.
§ Mr. Scott-Hopkins
This shortage was due mainly to the lateness of the home new potato crop, but supplies have now improved and prices have fallen appreciably. The 1961 main crop was all lifted by the end of last year. My right hon. Friend has previously explained to the House the measures taken to seek to maintain a stable acreage. Delays in harvesting the new potato crop because of weather conditions are clearly beyond the Government's control.