Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Price of Potatoes.

asked the Minister for Agriculture if in view of the low yield in the potato crop he will control the price of potatoes to ensure that this essential food will be available to families at prices which they can afford to pay.

While I sympathise with the consumer's viewpoint, I consider that it would not be just or practicable to keep the price of potatoes below the market level appropriate to the smaller crop which farmers are harvesting this year.