HC Deb 15 February 1934 vol 285 cc2102-3
53. Lieut.-Colonel ACLAND-TROYTE

asked the Minister of Agriculture whether the importation of subsidised foreign flour is affecting the supply of offals; and whether, in view of the reduction in the amount of wheat milled in this country which is caused by this importation, he proposes to take any steps to ensure a sufficient supply of offals?


I regret I have no information as to the extent to which the supply of offals in this country is affected by imports of flour. My hon. and gallant Friend will remember that there is at present a duty of 10 per cent. ad valorem on imported foreign flour, and that an application for an increase in that duty is before the Import Duties Advisory Committee.

Lieut.-Colonel ACLAND-TROYTE

Is my right hon. Friend aware that flour which is now coming into this country receives a very heavy subsidy and is being sold here much cheaper than in the country of origin, and that therefore there is a reduction in the quantity of offals available for the farmer; and is he also aware that it is of great importance that more wheat should be milled in this country in order that a good supply of English offals may be available?


This matter is being reviewed by the Import Duties Advisory Committee.


Is not my right hon. Friend aware that very large consignments of French flour are being dumped into this country at the present time?