HC Deb 23 June 1948 vol 452 cc1359-60
62. Mr. Peter Freeman

asked the Minister of Food whether he will make arrangements to import supplies of unpolished rice, in view of its economy and greater nutritive value.

Mr. Strachey

The quantity of rice we expect to be able to distribute in the United Kingdom this year is, unfortunately, small and can make no significant difference to the nutritional value of the national diet. I am not, therefore, prepared to impose the disadvantages which would be involved in retailing under-milled rice.

Mr. Freeman

Does not my right hon. Friend agree that unpolished rice compares with wholemeal flour and, in view of the fact that many people would prefer it in that state, would he arrange for some to be imported?

Mr. Strachey

As and when rice becomes available to this country in any large quantity, we will consider that.

Mr. W. Fletcher

Would the Minister make quite certain that no rice is imported into this country while there is such a great scarcity in Malaya?

Mr. Strachey

As has already been announced to the House, a very small quantity of rice is coming to this country. The Malayan situation is improving considerably and it is actually by the desire of the Burma exporters that we are to receive a small quantity here.