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Castor Beans And Oil

Volume 463: debated on Wednesday 30 March 1949

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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.