HC Deb 08 March 1933 vol 275 cc1180-2W

asked the Minister of Agriculture the amount of wheat on which subsidy has been paid to farmers by the Wheat Commission; and the amount which has failed to receive subsidy on the ground that it was not of millable quality?


I am informed by the Wheat Commission that the valid wheat certificates on which advances on account of deficiency payments under the Wheat Act, 1932, were made in December last covered approximately 8,571,000 cwts. of millable wheat. These advances were in respect of certificates received by the commission up to 30th November last. Further certificates covering approxi- mately 5,673,000 cwts. have been received by the commission between 1st December, 1932, and 28th February, 1933, and advances in respect of these certificates will be made on or about 25th March. I understand that actual applications for certificates in respect of 7,140 cwts. of wheat have been refused by authorised merchants on the ground that the wheat. was not of millable quality. The commission have, of course, no information as to wheat which was not submitted for certification.