Written Answers. - Potato Purchases.

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asked the Minister for Agriculture if he will make it obligatory on potato processors to purchase all potatoes from home producers and preferably under contract.

It is not permissible for me under the EEC Treaty to impose such an obligation on potato processors. It is, of course, my wish to see Irish processing firms using home grown potatoes whenever possible and it will be my policy to encourage them to do so.