§ 86. Mr. JACOBSEN
asked the President of the Board of Trade whether his attention has been called to the action of the Cheshire Milk Producers' Association, which is largely composed of farmers from other districts, in advancing the price of milk to 5d. per quart in the Bredbury and Romilly, Cheshire, districts, and refusing to continue afternoon deliveries; whether he is aware that one of the largest farmers in the district who refuses to increase his price is being subjected to pressure to induce him to do so; that in Derbyshire, the adjoining county, which is under similar conditions, the price of milk is 3d. per quart; if he has seen the statement made publicly by the secretary of the association above referred to, that if any Government interference was put into effect there would in future be a great reduction in the number of cows, and the animals would disappear from the countryside; and if he would take steps to protect the public by commandeering these cows at a fair price and establishing Government milk farms?
§ Mr. PRETYMAN
I am causing inquiries to be made into the matters dealt with in the question, and will communicate the result in due course to the hon. Member.
§ 109. Mr. JACOBSEN
asked the President of the Local Government Board if his attention has been called to the action of the Cheshire Milk Producers' Association in raising the price of milk to 5d. per quart and discontinuing the afternoon delivery in Bredbury and Romiley, Cheshire; whether he has seen the report of the district medical officer of health to the local council that already he had met with cases of infantile sickness (gastroenteritis) which appeared to be attributable to the sour milk consumed; whether he is aware that the local council invited the association to meet the council to consider the new conditions, which invitation was not complied with; and if he will cause an official inquiry to be made with a view to remedying the position which has arisen?
§ Mr. HAYES FISHER
The hon. Member has been good enough to send some papers relating to this matter to my right hon. Friend, who is communicating with the district council with a view to obtaining a report from the medical officer of health.