HC Deb 21 August 1940 vol 364 c1319W
Sir E. Graham-Little

asked the Minister of Health whether the use of chemicals for bleaching, improving or conditioning flour for civilian consumption is permitted at any stage of its preparation; and is he aware that such preparation of flour for Army use is prohibited by regulations?

Miss Horsbrugh

The use of bleachers and improvers in flour for ordinary consumption is not prohibited. I understand that as regards flour for Army use the position is generally as stated.

Sir L. Lyle

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food whether the scheme for adding Vitamin B1, calcium salts and other matter to white flour is now in operation; and what arrangements have been made to inform the public that the bread they are now purchasing has been so treated?

Mr. Boothby

No Sir. It must be understood that the scheme for the addition of synthetic Vitamin B1 and calcium salts to white flour which I announced in the Debate on 18th July involves a great deal of work and organisation. All this is being undertaken with the utmost despatch, but it is unlikely that the scheme will be in full operation until early in 1941. Publicity will be given to the subject at every stage.