§ Sir E. Graham-Little
asked the Minister of Food whether he will review a decision made by his Department refusing to supply a small quantity of wheat or rye to enable a firm whose name has been submitted to him to continue to provide their brown loaf of special composition, in view of its wide popularity for quality and low price.
§ Mr. Strachey
The firm is licensed to obtain home-grown rye for malting but as they were unable to purchase sufficient rye to maintain their production they applied for a licence to acquire wheat for malting. Owing to the present supply position the malting of wheat is not permitted and an exception could not fairly be made in any individual case. To help the firm to overcome their difficulty they were offered an allocation of imported rye from Ministry of Food stocks but this offer was declined.