§ 22. Mr. John Hall
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how the market prices of wheat, barley and oats during September and October this year have compared with those ruling during the same months of last year.
According to the Corn Returns, growers' prices of home-grown wheat and barley were higher in September and the first three weeks of October this year than in September-October, 1955. The price of oats was higher in September this year than in September, 1955, but for the first three weeks of October, 1956, was about the same as last year. The average prices were as follows:
AVERAGE PRICES OF HOME GROWN GRAIN IN ENGLAND AND WALES (a) per cwt. — September October 1955 1956 1955 1956 (b) s. d. s. d. s. d. s. d. Wheat 20 1 22 8 20 10 22 5 Barley 21 9 23 7 22 4 23 3 Oats 21 7 23 2 23 3 23 2 (a) Average of prices received by growers, calculated from weekly returns collected from 174 towns prescribed under the Corn Returns Act, 1882. (b) First three weeks only.