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Volume 465: debated on Monday 23 May 1949

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asked the Minister of Food if he is satisfied with the quality of potatoes being supplied for human consumption; if he is aware that large quantities of superior quality are being sold for cattle food; and if he will take steps to have them properly graded.

At this time of year the quality of potatoes is bound to be less good than at the beginning of the season. The best, and there is an adequate supply, are being kept for human consumption. Those sold for cattle food are usually poorer quality or deteriorating stocks. If my hon. Friend knows of any instance of potatoes which do not comply with the ware standard being sold to the public I will gladly look into it.