§ Sir J. Gilmour
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what has been the average price for ware potatoes paid to producers in Scotland over the last six weeks; whether he is satisfied that the support buying programme of the Potato Marketing Board is achieving a fair return to growers; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Ross
My Department's estimates of the average price per ton of ware potatoes to producers in Scotland for the six weeks from 30th December, 1967, were £12 2s. 6d., £12 17s. 6d., £13 7s. 6d., £13 5s., £13 5s., and £13, respectively. The Potato Marketing Board's support buying programme was brought into operation on 1st January, 1968, and it is too early to judge the effect of the programme.