HC Deb 19 December 1962 vol 669 cc184-5W
56. Mr. Prior

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how much 13ritish wheat is being used in making bread; and if the low prices for wheat are being reflected in bread prices.

Mr. Scott-Hopkins

Home-grown wheat accounts for only about one-fifth of the average bread flour grist, and is a minor item in the cost of bread. There has been no change in the price of the plant bakers loaf since February last.

65. Mr. Renton

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what proportion of the millers' grist will contain home-grown wheat during the next six months; whether he is satisfied that the millers will be using a large enough proportion of home-grown soft wheat, bearing in mind the exceptionally large harvest; and whether he will make a statement.

Mr. Scott-Hopkins

It is impossible to forecast what proportion of homegrown wheat will be used in millers' grists during the next six months but millers are aware of the large home crop, and they have assured my right hon. Friend that they will do their best to use as much home-grown wheat as possible.