HC Deb 14 February 1896 vol 37 c347

I beg to ask the First Lord of the Admiralty, whether it is true that the victualling yards of Her Majesty's Navy are supplied with foreign corn; and, if so, whether he will consider the advisability of providing them with home-grown British, corn?

THE FIRST LORD OF THE ADMIRALTY (Mr. G.J. GOSCHEN, St. George's,) Hanover Square

Wheat is bought from samples considered most suitable for the Navy, irrespective of origin, and purchases have been made of foreign as well as of home-grown wheat. The manufacture of Navy biscuit requires wheat of a certain definite quality. The whole quantity purchased is quite insignificant. Up to now it has been less than 10,000 quarters.