§ Mr. ORMSBY-GORE
asked the Minister of Agriculture what is the present average ruling price of British home-grown wheat of milling quality per quarter; what is the last previous year in which corresponding wheat has been at this price or at a lower price; and whether such a price is above the net present cost of production in any part of England?
§ Dr. ADDISON
According to the returns collected under the Corn Returns Act, 1882, and the Corn Sales Act, 1921, the average price of British wheat in the week ended 24th January, 1931, was 23s. 7d. per quarter of 480 lbs. The last previous occasion when such a low level was reached was in September, 1896. I regret that the available information does not enable a reply to be given to the last part of the question.