Home-grown Wheat (Millers' Grists)

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Food – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 3rd May 1954.

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Photo of Mr David Renton Mr David Renton , Huntingdonshire 12:00 am, 3rd May 1954

asked the Minister of Food what percentage of home-grown wheat went into the millers' grists in the months of December, 1951, 1952 and 1953, respectively.

Photo of Mr Gwilym Lloyd George Mr Gwilym Lloyd George , Newcastle upon Tyne North

The figures are 32·3 per cent., 26·8 per cent. and 29·3 per cent., respectively.

Photo of Mr David Renton Mr David Renton , Huntingdonshire

Can my right hon. and gallant Friend explain why, if I have followed his figures correctly, in a year when this country has produced more wheat than ever before, less home-grown wheat has been used than two years previously?

Photo of Mr Gwilym Lloyd George Mr Gwilym Lloyd George , Newcastle upon Tyne North

As a matter of fact, more was used than in the previous year. These figures are very much higher than the pre-war figures. The millers are now free to use what grist they like. We owe a great deal to them. They came to an understanding to take 1¼ million tons of home-grown wheat. They have fulfilled their undertaking in that respect, and have now promised to take another 250,000 tons if they can.