HC Deb 27 January 1947 vol 432 cc113-4W
87. Mr. Spence

asked the Minister of Food the average prewar annual tonnage of wheat shipped from Canada to the United Kingdom from the Atlantic and Pacific seaboards, respectively.

Dr. Summerskill

No official information is available but figures extracted from Canadian trade publications indicate that over the four years from 1934/35 to 1937/38 the average annual tonnage of Canadian wheat shipped to the United Kingdom, or for diversion to other destinations on orders from the United King- dom, was about 1,876,000 from the Atlantic seaboard and about 726,000 from the Pacific seaboard.

88. Mr. Spence

asked the Minister of Food what steps His Majesty's Government have taken to obtain additional quantities of wheat from Canada over and above the contract for 160,000,000 bushels in the 1946–47 crop year.

Dr. Summerskill

The Canadian Government are fully aware of our need for more wheat but have told us that a decision on the possibility of sending more than the 160 million bushels cannot be made until later in the season, because of transport difficulties in Canada and uncertainty about the total amount which will become available for export.