HC Deb 14 March 1938 vol 333 c18
36. Mr. Maxwell

asked the President of the Board of Trade the quantity of flour imported into this country during each of the last three years, and the quantity of flour which has been milled in Great Britain from imported wheat during a similar period?

Captain Wallace

During the years 1935, 1936 and 1937 the imports of wheat meal and flour into the United Kingdom amounted to 399,000 tons, 418,000 tons and 427,000 tons, respectively. The returns made in connection with the Census of Production, 1935, show that 756,000 tons of home-grown and 4,858,000 tons of imported wheat were used by grain milling firms whose output of wheat meal and flour was 4,043,000 tons. Comparable figures for 1936 and 1937 are not available.

Mr. Maxwell

Will the right hon. and gallant Member bear in mind the desirability of encouraging flour being milled in this country so as to increase the amount of offal?

Captain Wallace

I think the advantages of that are recognised.