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Volume 388: debated on Thursday 22 April 1943

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asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food what is the acreage of growing carrots held in reserve and which if not lifted early next month will be unfit for human consumption; and what tonnage of carrots the Ministry holds in reserve in clamps?

It is estimated that 1,900 acres of carrots have been held in the ground to permit the prior removal of clamped carrots. I know, however, of no reason for the assumption that these carrots will become unfit for human consumption if not lifted early in May. In reply to the last part of my hon. Friend's Question it is estimated that after allowing for normal deterioration the reserve of carrots now held in clamps by my Department is of the order of 7,000 tons.