HC Deb 23 October 1968 vol 770 c279W
36. Sir J. Gilmour

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what estimate he has made of the acreage of potatoes in Scotland still to be lifted; what representations he has received about the need for extra labour for lifting the crop; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Buchan

In the main potato growing areas over half the acreage has now been lifted. The Scottish National Farmers' Union has expressed its concern at the lateness of the harvest. The Scottish Potato Trade Executive has represented that children be granted exemptions from school in certain areas, but this has not been possible since 1962. I am keeping in daily touch with the harvesting position as it develops.