asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether, in view of the urgent need for factories, and employment in the London borough of Newham, and the need for increasing rate revenue, he will take action to ensure that Essel Shipping Company is able to complete its development at the Marshgate Trading Estate, Sanford E.15 by ensuring that the Customs and Excise immediately grant
was the average price paid for old stock potatoes by wholesalers to the Potato Marketing Board in the South of England for the week ended 5th May 1978.
The Potato Marketing Board does not itself sell on the normal ware market potatoes which have been contracted to it under the support buying programme. Instead, the Board, with the agreement of my Department, ensures that the needs of the market are met by allowing producers to vary their contracts where appropriate, in order that they may sell through normal channels. Prices received by producers in the South of England during the week ended 5th May 1978 were generally in the range of £70 to £86 a tonne depending upon the variety and quality of the potatoes.