HC Deb 15 June 1938 vol 337 c219
47. Mr. Lewis

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether those traders who have arranged to hold stocks of wheat on behalf of the Government and at the same time have undertaken not to reduce in consequence their own stocks, have made or are making additions to their storage accommodation; and have they received or are they about to receive financial assistance from the Government for this purpose?

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Trade (Mr. Cross)

Arrangements for the storage of nearly all of the wheat purchased on behalf of the Government have already been made without encroaching upon accommodation used by millers, and I do not expect that it will be necessary to erect new buildings for this purpose. Consequently, the last part of my hon. Friend's question does not arise.

Mr. Lewis

Do I understand that these traders have arranged to store this Government wheat elsewhere than in their usual storage accommodation?

Mr. Cross

The arrangements, which have been approved by the Government, provide for the storage of most of the wheat elsewhere than on the millers' premises.

Mr. Thorne

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that Italy and Germany are buying all the wheat they can get hold of?

Mr. Davidson

Will the hon. Gentleman keep in mind that patriotism is something for which you are not supposed to ask financial assistance?