HC Deb 02 December 1937 vol 329 c2281W
Mr. Day

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether the Government have at the present time a committee set up for the purpose of examining the position of the food supplies of Great Britain; and can he state what proportion of these supplies are at present homegrown?

Mr. Stanley

As to food supplies during a period of emergency, I would refer the hon. Member to the reply given by my right hon. Friend the Minister for the Co-ordination of Defence to the hon. and gallant Member for Thornbury (Captain Gunston) on 27th May last year. The sub-committee of the Committee of Imperial Defence to which my right hon. Friend referred is a standing committee, and keeps the whole question of food supply under constant review. With regard to the second part of the question, it is not possible to give a composite figure relating to all food supplies, but if the hon. Member would let me know what particular commodities he has in mind, I will try to give him the information.