Bread (Wheat Extraction Rate)

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Food Supplies – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 21st March 1945.

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Photo of Dr Edith Summerskill Dr Edith Summerskill , Fulham West 12:00 am, 21st March 1945

asked the Minister of Food (1) to what extent his expert medical advice has indicated that white bread is deficient in nutritional content, and that since the introduction of the national loaf there has been a marked decrease in the incidence of anæmia and a reduction in the sale of aperients;

(2) whether he is aware that owing to the less satisfying properties of white bread it is in the interests of the millers to press for the abolition of the national loaf and against the interest of those consumers who cannot afford to supplement their diet with food rich in vitamins; and what further action he is taking as a result.