HC Deb 10 May 1962 vol 659 c68W
46. Sir J. Duncan

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what was the basic acreage for potatoes in Great Britain in 1961; how many acres mere planted; what is the basic acreage for 1962; and how many acres he expects to be planted.

Mr. Soames

The basic acreage allocated by the Potato Marketing Board for Great Britain in 1961 was 810,000 acres. 1961 was, however, a quota year, and the quota amounted to 742,000 acres. A total of 628,000 acres was planted, 592,000 acres of this by producers registered with the Potato Marketing Board. 1962 is not a quota year; the basic acreage for the year is 792,000 acres. It is too early to state precisely what acreage will in the event be planted.