HC Deb 06 December 1948 vol 459 cc17-8
27. Mr. Turton

asked the Minister of Food what quantity of barley is stored at Tholthorpe aerodrome, near Easing-wold, Yorkshire; what are the countries of origin of this barley; how long has it been stored there; and what is its present condition.

Dr. Summerskill

Of the 5,413 tons of barley in store, 3,423 tons are of Russian origin and 1,990 tons of Australian origin. Some of it has been in store since the end of April, 1948. The bulk is in good condition, but the last 2,100 tons placed in store in November, has been recommended for fumigation.

Mr. Turton

Is the hon. Lady aware that the fire brigade has been called to this barley more than once? Would she put it into circulation, so that we can have more bacon, instead of hiding it away and leaving it to deteriorate?

Dr. Summerskill

I think the fire brigade were probably called because they are experts in fumigation. I understand that this barley is infested with weevil, and that that is not an uncommon condition.