HC Deb 17 October 1916 vol 86 cc423-4W

asked the President of the Board of Trade if it is proposed to erect in this country silos or granaries for the storage of wheat imported in large quantities by the Government from overseas, or, failing such storage, whether steps will be taken to avoid placing at one time upon British markets so large an amount of grain as to cause a violent and temporary depression in its market price resulting in a considerable shrinkage in the British wheat area due to its becoming a speculative and possibly unremunerative crop to grow?


The object of the Wheat Commission will be to ensure the regularity of supplies of wheat to this country, and beyond the maintenance of a sufficient reserve against emergencies, which has already been provided for, it is not intended either to store, or to place on the market, any excessive quantities.