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Flour

Volume 416: debated on Thursday 29 November 1945

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asked the Minister of Food what proportion of flour consumed in this country is milled from homegrown wheat; what proportion of the wheat consumption is imported in the form of grain, as distinct from flour; and what proportion of the wheat germ, derived from both home-grown and imported wheat, is diverted to uses other than for human food.

As regards the first part of the Question, 22 per cent. Of the total flour consumed in this country is at present derived from home-grown wheat. With reference to the second part of the Question, imported wheat represents approximately 75 per cent. Of the total wheat now being used in this country for the milling of flour, in connection with the last part of the Question, when milling national flour of 80 per cent. extraction, 76 per cent. Of the total germ contained in both home-grown and imported wheat is on average retained in the resulting flour. The balance is included in the by-products of milling which are used for animal feeding. In the milling of "M" flour (a flour prepared for manufacturing purposes only) and certain speciality flours, the germ is extracted but no separated germ is diverted to uses other than for human consumption.