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Seed Potatoes

Volume 480: debated on Tuesday 14 November 1950

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asked the Minister of Food if he will publish a table showing the quantity of seed potatoes grown, separately, in England and Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland, and the quantity exported to countries outwith the United Kingdom in the years 1947, 1948 and 1949, with an estimate of the quantity grown and exports from each of these sources separately in 1950.

It is not possible to make an estimate of the quantity to be exported in 1950–51 as exports of most varieties are being made by private traders under open general licence. The

Crop YearAcreage of Certified Seed PotatoesTonnage of Seed Potatoes Exported*
England and WalesScotlandNorthern IrelandEngland and WalesScotlandNorthern Ireland
AcresTons
1947–4811,516105,46953,8218,4085,49614,784
1948–4918,950117,81770,5853,1949,44227,278
1949–5014,63799,95251,0482,1259,84936,759
1950–5115,203†98,99444,249†
* Based on Ministry of Food figures.
† Provisional.