HC Deb 06 March 1928 vol 161 cc211-2

asked the President of the Board of Trade what proportion the total amount of flour imported

1922, and January, 1923, respectively; and, for each of these months, the increase or decrease compared with the total for (a) the previous month and (b) the corresponding month a year earlier:

ported into this country bears to the total amount of wheat imported; what amount of offals, if any, are exported; and what proportion this amount bears to the total amount of offals obtained from wheat ground in this country?


As the answer is rather long, I will, with my hon. and gallant Friend's permission, circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Following is the answer:

Taking the mean yearly imports of wheat during the three years, 1920–22, and making allowances for the difference in stocks at the beginning and end of the period and for foreign matter contained in the wheat, the amount of imported wheat available for milling in this country may be estimated at about 4,678,000 tons: a year. Assuming a 70 per cent. extraction, this amount of wheat would yield 3,274,600 tons of flour. The mean yearly import of wheat meal and flour during the same period was 688,197 tons, or 21 per cent. of the estimated flour equivalent of the imported wheat. The mean yearly export of corn offals (mainly wheat offals) for 1920–22 amounted to 56,014 tons. In the absence of exact information with regard to the quantity of wheat ground in this country, it may be estimated, on the basis of the figures already given, with an addition of 1,395,000 tons of homegrown wheat, that the yield of offals was approximately 1,800,000 tons yearly, of which not more than about 3 per cent. was exported.