HC Deb 21 October 1920 vol 133 cc1099-100W

asked the Minister of Food the quantity of wheat, sugar, and butter held by the Government at the last ascertainable date; and are the prices bought at higher than to-day's, and if so, by how much?


I regret that it is impossible for me, as has been more than once stated in reply to similar questions, to publish figures of stocks of commodities of which the Government is still a buyer. I can, however, give the House the assurance that the stocks of wheat and sugar are adequate; and that, as regards butter, while this is notoriously in short supply, the Ministry holds considerable stocks. It is expected that throughout the winter the present rate of distribution will be maintained and may possibly be increased.