HC Deb 11 April 1918 vol 104 c1653W

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food whether he can say what arrangements have been made in regard to making available a supply of maize for Ireland; whether he has considered that the supply of all feeding stuffs, including millers offals, is at present very much smaller than it has been in any recent year and that this accentuates the necessity for maintaining, as far as possible, the supply of maize; whether he is aware that in certain remote districts in Ireland maize meal is still used as an article of food for human consumption; and whether he will undertake that a fair supply of the maize which is being imported shall be allocated to Ireland?


The Food Controller is fully alive to the difficulties existing in Ireland and elsewhere caused by the shortage of maize and the scarcity of milling offals. Every effort is being made to maintain importation at its highest figure, but the supplies available have made it necessary to limit for breadstuffs the use of such maize as is suitable for admixture into the loaf. Whatever maize is unsuitable for this purpose is freely released for stock feeding subject to a small quantity which is needed for munition making.

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