HC Deb 03 February 1965 vol 705 cc281-2W
32. Mr. Hastings

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food whether he is satisfied that the imports of early potatoes from Spain, Cyprus, Malta, and Egypt throughout May and June 1964 were in fact early varieties; and if he will make a statement on the effect of these imports on home producers.

Mr. Hoy

I am satisfied that the existing arrangements are adequate to ensure that imports of new potatoes correspond with the definition in the import licensing regulations. It is difficult to assess the effect on the home producer of imports of new potatoes in May and June 1964, but it must be borne in mind that the home crop did not reach the market in quantity until about the middle of June.

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