HC Deb 19 May 1978 vol 950 cc339-40W
Sir John Gilmour

asked the Secretary of Stale for Scotland what stocks of potatoes are now held by the Potato Marketing Board in Scotland; what proportion is fit for human consumption; and by what date he expects all the potatoes for human consumption to be released to merchants.

Mr. Hugh D. Brown

The latest available figures estimate the stocks of potatoes under contract to the Potato Marketing Board in Scotland at about 50,000 tonnes. All are considered to be fit for human consumption at the present time. If, as is likely, an overall surplus of potatoes remained in Great Britain at the end of the season, not all stocks would be released to merchants. It is not, however, possible to forecast separately what part of the surplus will be in Scotland.