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German Fertilisers

Volume 414: debated on Monday 22 October 1945

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asked the Minister of Supply and of Aircraft Production whether, in view of the shortage of potash fertilisers for British agriculture, he will make immediate arrangements for large shipments from Germany of such fertilisers, especially Kainit, as part of her reparations to this country.

Owing to shortage of coal, production of potash in Germany is at a very low level at present. My Department is keeping in close touch with the situation with a view to obtaining supplies from this source as soon as output and internal transport conditions permit.

Is the Minister aware of the example set by our gallant Russian Allies in the taking of goods from Ger- many, and can he assure the House that this country will not suffer in any way by lack of initiative on the part of his Department?