asked the Minister of Food the amount of subsidy on a national loaf; and to what extent wholemeal and wholewheat bread is subsidised.
This year the average subsidy on both national bread and ordinary wholemeal bread will be about 5¼d. per 3½ lb. loaf. It is made up of a flour subsidy averaging 4¾d. a loaf and a baking subsidy averaging ½d. a loaf. Proprietary brands of bread sold free of price control do not qualify for the baking subsidy, but the bulk selling prices of the various speciality brands of flour used (including proprietary brands of wholemeal and wholewheat flour) are controlled, and are subsidised to the extent necessary to enable each brand to be sold at the National flour price plus the difference betwen its price and that of ordinary flour in 1939.