§ 64. Mr. Awbery
asked the Minister of Food if he is aware that large quantities of seed potatoes are being used for immediate consumption and that this will lead to a shortage for sowing purposes with a consequent reduction in our potato crop; and what steps is he taking to prevent this.
§ Dr. Summerskill
I have had several reports of seed potatoes being sold for human consumption and in each instance immediate steps have been taken to stop the practice. The institution of proceedings will be considered in suitable cases. Supplies of seed potatoes for farmers who are responsible for almost 95 per cent. of the total crop will not, however, be affected by any such retail sales.