asked the Minister of Food what stock of castor beans and castor oil he has in this country; what was the average price of purchase; at what price he expects to realise them; and for what period he expects them to last.
It is not in the public interest to disclose information about our purchase prices or stocks. Our present selling prices are £142 and £135 per ton according to quality.
Would the Minister say whether these stocks have deteriorated and whether they have been stored in well-constructed warehouses?
As far as I know they have been properly stored. If the hon. Gentleman has any information I shall be only too pleased to look at it.