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Eire Potatoes

Volume 463: debated on Tuesday 5 April 1949

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asked the Minister of Food what tonnage of potatoes have been bought from Eire in the last six months, and at what price per ton; and how much of these have been used for human consumption and how much for animal feeding.

The ware potatoes which have been imported in recent months from Eire were bought as long ago as February, 1948. As I informed the hon. and gallant Member for Ludlow (Lieut.-Colonel Corbett) on 19th January, the contractual quantity is 50,000 tons at prices of £10 13s. 6d. per ton f.o.b. Eire port up to 31st January, 1949, and £11 8s. 6d. per ton thereafter. Of this quantity 5,540 tons had been imported up to 19th March and used wholly for human consumption.