HC Deb 17 March 1947 vol 435 cc14-5W
71. Mr. Awbery

asked the Minister of Food if he is aware that several flour mills in this country were destroyed by enemy action; that the remaining mills are now working to capacity; if he is satisfied that when the extraction of flour is reduced to normal the production of the mills will be sufficient to meet requirements; and if any steps are being taken to rebuild the mills that were destroyed.

Mr. Strachey

About 15 per cent. of the country's flour milling capacity was destroyed during the war, and although about two-thirds of this was replaced by bringing idle mills into commission and increasing output from the remaining mills, it would be necessary to increase our milling capacity in order to produce all the flour we may need. Several flour mills are now being built or rebuilt.