28 MAY 1948, Page 16


Sta,—Further proof of the folly of our Government's system of bulk- buying is shown in the recent report of the purchase of maize from the Argentine. Britain bought 1,200,000 tons of maize at £27 10s. per ton. Almost on our he,!ls, the U.S. military buthorities bought 200,000 tons for shipment to Germany. They paid £25 10s. per ton! We lost £2,400,000 on that deal, which will, no doubt, be made up out of our taxes. We have cause enough to grumble at the taxes we pay at home, without paying them to the Government of Argentina.—Yours, &c., Fieldview, Grafton Road, Worcester Park, Surrey. P. J. WOOD.