Wheat Purchases, London Docks.

Oral Answers to Questions — Food Supplies. – in the House of Commons on 29th July 1942.

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Photo of Mr Evelyn Walkden Mr Evelyn Walkden , Doncaster

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food whether the grain in the £10,000 London docks wheat case was millable wheat; if the purchasers obtained their supply as part of their ration for animal or poultry feeding; and, if not, whether the wheat or grain has now been confiscated?

Photo of Mr William Mabane Mr William Mabane , Huddersfield

While it is probable that some part of the grain referred to was millable wheat, it would not be possible to identify any wheat now held by consumers with that which was the subject of the case to which my hon. Friend refers. Therefore the last part of the Question does not arise. The answer to the second part of the Question is in the affirmative.

Photo of Mr Evelyn Walkden Mr Evelyn Walkden , Doncaster

No firm or person is entitled to purchase or to receive more than his fair share of any commodity from the common pool, and it is known that these people have actually received and purchased tons and tons of wheat. Many of the persons concerned are prominent in that area. Is it not a breach of the Defence Regulations, and is some action not going to be taken right away?

Photo of Mr William Mabane Mr William Mabane , Huddersfield

This happened a very long time ago, and it would be difficult, if not impossible, to identify the wheat, but, if the hon. Member has any particular information which would lead the Department to suppose that it could be identified, I shall be glad to consider it.

Photo of Mr Evelyn Walkden Mr Evelyn Walkden , Doncaster

I will raise the matter on the Adjournment on the earliest possible opportunity.