HC Deb 15 May 1950 vol 475 c842
36. Sir William Darling

asked the Minister of Food what is the respective annual consumption of dollar-costing imported and home-produced breakfast foods; and what plans he has to increase the consumption of the latter.

Mr. Webb

Three thousand two hundred tons and 226,600 tons respectively for the year ending February, 1950. I think we had better let people decide for themselves whether they want to eat more home-produced breakfast foods.

Sir W. Darling

Does not the right hon. Gentleman agree that it is most desirable that people should eat home-produced wheat and cereal foods rather than these imported ones which cost dollars?

Mr. Webb

In these matters I believe in freedom of choice and not in thrusting food down people's throats.

Colonel Gomme-Duncan

Will the Minister say why he continues to subsidise these wheat foods and refuses to give any subsidy to oatmeal, which is far more nourishing?