Mr. GORDON HARVEY
asked the President of the Board of Trade if he can state the amount of farina imported into the United Kingdom from Germany in the year before the War; if he is able to say, approximately, how many tons of potatoes were used in its manufacture; and whether he is having any investigations made with a view of ascertaining if the necessary potatoes could be grown and the business of extracting the starch carried on in this country?
§ Mr. PRETYMAN
Fourteen thousand seven hundred tons of farina were imported from Germany in 1913, and this quantity would have required for its manufacture about 100,000 tons of potatoes. I understand that the Board of Agriculture have from time to time considered the possibility of making farina from British-grown potatoes, but that the difficulty is one of price.