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 Mr John Llewellin Mr John Llewellin , Uxbridge 12:00 am, 21st March 1945

It is certainly not in the interests of the millers. During wartime the millers are paid a management fee, so their remuneration does not depend on how much is sold as flour and how much as feeding stuffs. In fact, if that were so, they would be getting £16 per ton for flour as against £8 12s. 6d. per ton for feeding stuffs, and if they were paid in those proportions the higher the extraction rate of flour the more money they would be making. In regard to the distinction which the hon. Lady drew between the richer and poorer classes of the country, as I have informed her, the Government were satisfied, before they reduced the extraction rate, that there was no loss of nutritional value, because in the experimental station we have found new methods so as to get the germ and the endosperm into the flour, and preserve the nutritional quality. We must really march with the times and take advantage of new scientific discoveries which come to our notice.