HC Deb 19 February 1951 vol 484 cc877-8
31. Mr. Hurd

asked the Minister of Food how much barley and other coarse grains offered at sterling prices he has declined to buy in the past three months.

Mr. Webb

It is impossible to say. The same grain is sometimes offered simultaneously by different sellers and sometimes more than once by the same seller. I do not always, as a measure of elementary commercial prudence, accept the first offer.

Mr. Hurd

How does it happen, if ordinary business shrewdness is used, that the right hon. Gentleman's Ministry failed to buy barley from Iraq last month at £32 10s. and bought this month at £35, the original barley having gone to Holland?

Mr. Webb

If the hon. Member would like details of that I would like it to be put down as a Question.

Mr. Harrison

Can my right hon. Friend say in what Government publication all these details of his Department's sales are published, so that we can all be aware of them?

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