HC Deb 01 March 1917 vol 90 c2134

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food whether he will consider the issue of a statement showing what ordinary articles-of food mostly come from abroad, and therefore have to be imported, and what ordinary articles of food are for the most part of home production?


Ordinary articles of food which are entirely imported are rice, tapioca, sago, sugar, bananas, oranges, cocoa, coffee, and tea. Those of which practically the whole supply is produced at homo are milk, potatoes, fresh fish, and fresh vegetables. Other articles of which the greater part is imported are wheat, bacon, hams, cheese, lard, and nuts, while about half our supplies of butter and margarine are imported. Other articles of which the greater part is home produced are beef, mutton, pork, poultry, eggs, and game