§ Colonel BURTON
asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he is aware that some hundreds of tons of potatoes have been allowed to rot at the London docks and finally sold for animal food; whether he can give information as to how this occurred; and what steps he contemplates taking to prevent a recurrence?
§ Mr. ELLIOT
I understand that in consequence of a dispute between the owner and a prospective buyer the negotiations for the sale of the potatoes in question have been impeded, with the result that the condition of the consignment has deteriorated. I am afraid that there is no action which I can take to prevent such an occurrence. The Potato Marketing Board, who were not concerned in the dispute, have, I understand, been able to render some assistance in the salving and redressing of the potatoes.