HC Deb 15 March 1923 vol 161 c1773

asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he can state the minimum quantity of cereals which the Government consider it necessary should be grown in this country for safety in time of war; and, if not, whether he will institute an inquiry?

The MINISTER of AGRICULTURE (Sir Robert Sanders)

The answer to the first part of the question is in the negative, and I do not think an inquiry of the kind suggested by my Hon. Friend would serve any useful purpose in the absence of information as to the conditions and character of any future war. In any case, I may point out that the production of food in this country should not be considered in terms of cereals alone, without regard to the production of other equally essential products such as meat and milk.

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