HC Deb 27 January 1947 vol 432 cc118-9W
105. Mr. N. Macpherson

asked the Minister of Food the average monthly consumption of oatmeal in the United Kingdom and the size of present stocks.

Dr. Summerskill

Data is not available to show the average consumption of oatmeal nor the total stocks held by all sections of the trade. The average monthly deliveries of oatmeal by millers to the manufacturing and distributive trades during the period of 26 weeks ended 21st December, 1946, was 7,159 tons. The stocks of oatmeal held by millers on 21st December, 1946, amounted to 3,558 tons.

110. Lady Grant

asked the Minister of Food if, in view of the high stocks of oatmeal now accumulated at the mills, he will reconsider his decision that oatmeal may not be purchased against bread-rationing coupons or allow oatmeal to be supplied against bread-rationing coupons at the same value as points for oatmeal.

Dr. Summerskill

There is, unfortunately, no permanent surplus of oatmeal. There are, however, arrangements by which heavy consumers of oatmeal in Scotland may apply at their local food office to exchange BUs. for points in order to obtain oatmeal.

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