Oral Answers to Questions — Granaries.

– in the House of Commons on 26th March 1936.

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Photo of Mr John Cartland Mr John Cartland , Birmingham King's Norton

asked the President of the Board of Trade what is the storage capacity of granaries in Great Britain; if filled, for how long would it be possible to supply our grain requirements without imports; and how much grain is being stored in granaries at the present time?

Photo of Mr Walter Runciman Mr Walter Runciman , St Ives

The total grain storage capacity of granaries in ports in Great Britain is estimated at 1,500,000 tons or roughly 10 weeks' supply; the total stock of wheat in port granaries at 1st March was estimated by the Corn Trade News at 214,000 tons.

Photo of Mr John Cartland Mr John Cartland , Birmingham King's Norton

Is the right hen. Gentleman satisfied with the position, and, if not, will he make a survey of our requirements?

Photo of Mr Walter Runciman Mr Walter Runciman , St Ives

The question of food stores is under constant survey.

Photo of Mr William Thorne Mr William Thorne , West Ham Plaistow

Do these figures include the anticipated granary, the largest in the country, which is being established in Liverpool at the present time?

Photo of Mr Walter Runciman Mr Walter Runciman , St Ives

No, Sir. It is only the available space, but I am hoping that it will be largely added to.

Photo of Mr Duncan Sandys Mr Duncan Sandys , Lambeth Norwood

Does the right hon. Gentleman not consider that in the event of war breaking out and our communications being cut it is a small consolation to us to know that there is sufficient storage capacity when in point of fact our granaries are only a percentage full?

Photo of Mr Walter Runciman Mr Walter Runciman , St Ives

Granaries cannot be an effective security against the risks of war unless they are full.