HC Deb 21 June 1967 vol 748 c1695
4. Mr. Carter-Jones

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what percentage of protein is found in the average British loaf; and what percentage of protein is in the advertised high protein loaf.

The Joint Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (Mr. James Hoy)

The protein content of the average British loaf is approximately 14 per cent., calculated by weight on the dry matter of the bread.

The Bread and Flour Regulations, 1963, require any bread which is described as high-protein bread to contain not less than 22 per cent. protein.

Mr. Carter-Jones

I am grateful for that reply. Does my hon. Friend apreciate and will he bring to the notice of the Prices and Incomes Board the great discrepancy between the price of a loaf of ordinary flour bread and the price of a loaf with high protein content? Will he reconsider this problem?

Mr. Hoy

I am aware of the difference, but when bread is advertised as being of very high protein content, it is expected to have a protein content of 35 to 40 per cent., and that obviously has some effect on the price.