§ Mr. FIELD
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food whether he has received a resolution from the Munster Corn Millers' Association regarding the want of maize in Ireland; whether he is aware that the Irish pig buyers passed a strong protest against the denial of adequate supplies; and whether, in view of the food production enabled by maize imports, he will endeavour to meet these demands?
§ Mr. PARKER
The resolution from the Munster Corn Millers' Association, together with others of a similar nature, has been received. Every effort is made to make good the deficiencies of imported maize for the country as a whole. These deficiencies have been caused by the necessity, shared with our Allies, of importing breadstuffs in priority to grain for feeding stock, and it has only been possible to release for the latter purpose limited quantities of maize which are unsuitable as diluent in the loaf. It is hoped that some further release of maize for animal feeding may be made, but the quantities available during the remainder of the cereal year ending 31st August will be relatively small.