HC Deb 10 April 1930 vol 237 c2375W

asked the Secretary to the Overseas Trade Department if he has any information whether there is any European country, other than Germany, where it is compulsory to use a percentage of native wheat in millers' grists; and, if so, will he state the names of such countries and the regulations in force?


According to the information available, legislation requiring the milling of a proportion of native wheat is in force, in addition to Germany, in France, Spain, Switzerland and Portugal. In France a minimum of 97 per cent. of native wheat must be used in milling flour for ordinary breadmaking and other elementary purposes. In Spain a minimum of 75 per cent. must be mixed with imported flour. In Switzerland and Portugal no percentage is fixed, but millers are required to take delivery of an assigned quantity of native wheat.


asked the Minister of Agriculture if his attention has been directed to a system adopted in Germany of making compulsory the use of 50 per cent. of native wheat in all millers' grists used in that country during the month of April; and will he have full inquiries made as to the effect of this in Germany, with a view to considering the application of a similar principle in Great Britain?


The answer to the first part of the question is in the affirmative. With regard to the remainder, I would refer the hon. Member to the answer which my right hon. Friend gave to a similar question on Monday last, to which there is nothing to add at present.

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