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Seed Potatoes (Transport)

Volume 387: debated on Wednesday 24 March 1943

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asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of War Transport whether he has taken steps to facilitate the transport of seed potatoes from Scotland to the South of England to secure a satisfactory supply and distribution in time for spring planting?

Yes, Sir. It was estimated that about 440,000 tons of seed potatoes would be required for planting in England and Wales in 1943. Up to the end of February, 338,884 tons had actually been despatched from Scotland to England by sea and by rail, and I do not anticipate any difficulty in completing the movement of the rest.