Dumping of German Wheat.

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons on 30th October 1929.

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Photo of Dr Christopher Addison Dr Christopher Addison , Swindon

No, British wheat. Does not that show that this is only an item in a much bigger issue? This is only an ingredient in our supplies. It does not always come in at this time of the year. If you examine the months in which the importation has been greatest, you will find that they vary. It is quite clear that the prices are influenced by this along with many other factors. As a matter of fact, the German wheat imported into this country as compared with the British crop was 11 per cent. in the year 1926 when the price was 53s., and, when the price of British wheat was 49s., the next year, the percentage of German imports was 1.3. In other words, it is quite clear that there is not and there never has been any co-ordination between the amount of the German imports and the percentage of the home crop and the average price. It is a pity, therefore, to attach to this special importance as it is giving an undue and unfair measure of importance to something which is only a part of a much bigger issue.