HC Deb 24 February 1965 vol 707 c118W
Mr. Kitson

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what proportion of the 1964 potato crop now remains on farms; and how this compares with the position at a similar date in each of the last two years.

Mr. Hoy

The results of the Potato Marketing Board's stock census show that at 31st January, 1965, stocks over a 1½ inch riddle were estimated to represent 31 per cent. of the total Great Britain crop. In 1963 and 1964 the corresponding figure was 27 per cent. in each case. In comparing these figures, regard should be had to the higher riddle in force this year and to the effect of the buying programmes undertaken by the Board.