HC Deb 16 November 1987 vol 122 c429W
Mr. Nicholas Bennett

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what information he has on the extent to which surplus bread wheat in past years has been mixed with feeding wheat in the intervention stores; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Donald Thompson

Wheat which has passed the Community's prescribed tests to establish its breadmaking quality has always been stored separately from other wheat in intervention in the United Kingdom. From the start of the 1986–87 season the regulations were changed to provide four qualities of wheat, "premium" and "common" wheat, both of which pass the breadmaking tests, "intermediate" wheat, which fails the tests but has a high protein content, and "other" wheat. Only wheat of the last quality has been offered to date.