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Potatoes (Seed Royalties)

Volume 929: debated on Thursday 7 April 1977

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what discussions he has had with the National Seed Development Organisation following its decision to raise the royalty rate for the protected variety of potatoes from £20 per hectare to £60 per hectare, adding to the cost of potatoes to the housewife.

None. I understand that the company recently consulted seed potato interests about proposed royalty increases which would vary with the grade of the seed and would be payable from January 1979, and that later this month the governing body aims to reach a decision after considering any views received.