HC Deb 27 October 1919 vol 120 cc256-7
44. Mr. C. BARRIE

asked the Food Controller if he is aware that oatmeal, the staple food of the people of Scotland, is about two and a-half times the price of flour in England; and if he intends to take any steps to remove this anomaly?


I am aware that the price of oatmeal is substantially higher than the subsidised price of flour. In view, however, of the present financial position of the country I do not feel justified in asking the Cabinet to sanction a subsidy for oatmeal.


Is it not the case that farmers are being subsidised to such an extent that the food of the people of Scotland is raised very much higher than the food of the people of England?


I do not know that.

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