HC Deb 19 December 1945 vol 417 c1334
62. Major Symonds

asked the Minister of Food if he is aware that the bread supply in Cambridge is endangered by the shortage of baking operatives; if he will take steps to assist the transfer to that area of bakers from other parts of the country where the shortage is less acute; and, in particular, if he will approach the Service Departments with a view to obtaining the release under Class B of bakers now becoming redundant because of the decrease in the size of the Armed Forces.

Sir B. Smith

I am aware that there are difficulties at Cambridge, as elsewhere, owing to the shortage of bakers, but bread supplies are being maintained. My Department has the position under constant review, and special assistance has already been given to certain Cambridge bakeries which were short of staff. As regards Class B, a considerable number of bakers are being released throughout the country.

Mr. House

Is the Minister prepared to meet this question of the shortage of bread by providing a better quality of bread and also wholemeal bread?