§ Major CARVER
asked the Minister of Agriculture the number of millers and bakers who have come into the national mark wheat flour scheme; what percentage this is of the whole number; and what steps he has taken to bring into the scheme those still outstanding?
§ Mr. N. BUXTON
There are now 180 millers and packers who are authorised to apply the national mark to all-English wheat flour. Of these, 151 are milling firms, controlling the output of 175 mills representing 37 per cent. of the total number of mills in England and Wales, and about 42 per cent. of the total milling capacity of England and Wales. The scheme does not provide for the authorisation of bakers, as such, unless they are considerable distributors of flour. As the scheme is essentially voluntary, the steps taken to extend its scope consist mainly of propaganda amongst producers, millers, distributors and consumers.