§ 77. Mr. GEORGE LAMBERT
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food whether the enforced reduction in the price of home-grown wheat will result in a corresponding reduction in the price of bread; and, if so, will he further reduce the price of home-grown wheat and so reduce the price of bread, which is inflicting suffering among those classes who are not participating in war prosperity?
The price of the loaf is mainly dependent upon the current value of imported wheat, so that alter- 1810 ations in the price of home-grown wheat cannot be expected to reduce to a corresponding extent the price of bread.
Yes; it is being continuously considered as being, apart from its availability, the most important factor which we have to consider. May I draw the right hon. Gentleman's attention to the Order relating to cakes and pastry issued this morning, which may, and we hope will, have the effect of rendering a great deal more flour available for bread?
§ Mr. OUTHWAITE
In view of the fact that having control of shipping has compelled the Australian farmer to sell at 40s. a quarter, why cannot the hon. Gentleman take similar steps to get a cheap rate for British supplies?