§ 24. Mr. ANDERSON
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food whether he is aware that English wheat has been sold at Stockton-on-Tees corn market at 91s. per quarter; whether he knows that the rapidly rising price of bread is making it increasingly difficult of purchase for poor people, especially where there is a young family; and whether the Food Controller is yet in a position to announce any scheme for the more effective control and fairer distribution of food supplies?
I am aware that small quantities of English wheat have recently been sold at the price mentioned. The question of fixing a maximum price for English wheat is now under the consideration of the War Cabinet, and steps are being taken to regulate the price of flour and bread throughout the Kingdom.
§ Mr. ANDERSON
In view of the increasing urgency of this question, I give notice that I will raise the whole question of food supplies and food distribution on the Motion for the Easter Adjournment.
§ Mr. W. THORNE
Is the hon. Gentleman not aware that there is always a danger of sitting on the safety-valve too long?