asked the Minister of Food if he can give the date of the Government agreement to buy Cornish new potatoes, and the price per ton.
The agreement was released for publication on 27th August, 1948. Prices were fixed daily under the New Potatoes (1949 Crop) Order, 1949. Prices began at £34 per ton on 1st June and decreased gradually to £28 5s. per ton on 11th June.
Whilst thanking the right hon. Lady for her reply, may I ask if she is aware that this is most unfortunate because it involved the country in very serious financial loss, and also disturbed very seriously the early potato marketing in Scotland this year? These Cornish potatoes were luxury potatoes; Scottish crops could have been grown for a great number of years.
I cannot agree with the hon. Gentleman. It did not disturb marketing arrangements in Scotland.