HC Deb 06 March 1946 vol 420 c65W
68. Colonel Erroll

asked the Minister of Food what quantities of grain have been separately allocated to breweries and distilleries for the years 1945 and 1946; and whether the allocations for 1946 are to be altered in view of the impending world shortage of grains.

83. Mr. Battley

asked the Minister of Food whether he is now able to announce what action is to be taken to support President Truman's action in diverting 20,000,000 bushels of grain for food instead of alcohol.

Dr. Summerskill

Brewers in the United Kingdom used 775,000 tons of grain during the brewing year ended 30th September, 1945, and it is estimated that this year 814,000 tons will be allocated. The use of cereals by brewers is now being examined in view of the present world shortage of grain. United Kingdom distillers were licensed to use 100,000 tons of grain during the year ended 30th September, 1945, and 130,000 tons during the current year, most of which has already been processed. My right hon. Friend does not propose to make a further allocation this year, notwithstanding the fact that the quantity so licensed will only produce about three-sevenths of the prewar annual output.

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