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Volume 464: debated on Monday 9 May 1949

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asked the Minister of Food whether he is aware that there are considerable stocks of carrots lying in pie in the East Riding of Yorkshire which belong to his Department and which will suffer rapid deterioration with the advent of hot weather; and if he will arrange for these supplies to be moved immediately so that the carrots can be saved and the land occupied by the pies be available for recultivation.

As orders come in the remaining carrots are being moved and, as far as possible, priority is given to stocks on land needed for recultivation.

In view of the great discouragement to the farming community, who fear the food they produce may go rotten, will the right hon. Gentleman see to it that the appalling wastage that occurred in carrots last year is not repeated?

I could not agree that these carrots have been wasted, for they are being used for stock feed.

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that last week carrots were practically unobtainable in Covent Garden?