§ Mr. T. Williams
The total quantity of wheat certified by local wheat committees as non-millable during September and October was nearly 32,000 tons. I do not accept the implication that the maximum price of non-millable wheat is unreasonably low. In any case it is quite impossible to give a figure for what the hon. Member refers to as "losses." Some part of the wheat crop is always certified as unmillable. Some part of the non-millable wheat is retained on the farm for 1260 feeding to livestock. Some of the non-millable wheat may be sold below the maximum price if in very poor condition.
§ 59. Mr. Hurd
asked the Minister of Agriculture if he is satisfied that there will be sufficient threshing capacity available next spring to deal with all the wheat which farmers are holding in rick because of its poor condition; and if he will revise the scale of wheat prices to make it economical for farmers to thresh and drynon-millable wheat now.
§ Mr. Williams
I have no reason to suppose that the available threshing capacity will prove inadequate for the calls to be made upon it. The scale of wheat prices is not intended to encourage the marketing of non-millable wheat at one season of the year in preference to another, but to secure a reasonably uniform flow, and changes in the scale at short notice are generally to be deprecated.
§ Mr. J. H. Hare
Will not the Minister agree that, in view of the great shortage of feeding stuffs, some inducement should be given to make this non-millable wheat available at an early date?
§ Mr. Williams
I should imagine that the hon. Member knows that a goodly portion of the non-millable wheat can be kept on farms for feeding purposes.
§ Lieut.-Colonel Kingsmill
In view of the great difficulties which have been experienced by farmers this year, will the Minister say that there will not be a shortage next year?