HC Deb 16 December 1946 vol 431 c1603
54. Mr. Hastings

asked the Minister of Agriculture if he will give approximate tonnage of cereals harvested in England and Wales in 1946; and what proportion of this is unfit for human consumption.

Mr. T. Williams

The latest but not the final estimate of cereal production is 5,285,000 tons. I cannot say what proportion will prove unfit for human consumption; most of the oats and mixed corn is in any case grown primarily for livestock feeding.

Mr. Hastings

Can my right hon. Friend inform me how soon he will be able to say how much is fit for human consumption, and how much not?

Mr. Williams

That is difficult, owing to the fact that threshing takes place periodically throughout the season until next June.