HC Deb 10 November 1942 vol 383 c2273W
Sir E. Graham-Little

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food whether his attention has been directed to the claim by his chief scientific adviser that the bulk of vitamin B I content of the wheat berry lies, not in the germ, but in the thin skin covering it; whether his suggestion that much of the germ can with advantage be eliminated from bread, indicates any departure from the policy that national wheatmeal shall contain the maximum quantity of wheat germ which, having regard to the type of milling plant, can be included; and whether he will reaffirm that specification?

Mr. Mabane

I assume my hon. Friend is referring to remarks made by the Ministry's scientific adviser in his recent Harben lectures at the Royal Institute of Public Health. My attentions have been drawn to these remarks which included reference to a recent discovery that a large proportion of the vitamin B I of wheat germ is contained in the scutellum which forms part of the structure of the germ itself. In reply to the second part of the Question there is no intention at present to modify in any respect the existing instructions to millers regarding the manufacture of national flour.

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