HC Deb 04 November 1918 vol 110 cc1790-1
63. Major BOWDEN

asked the Food Controller whether any steps are being taken to equalise the profits on the sale of milk and its products, butter and cheese; and whether the prevailing shortage of butter is due to the disparity now existing between the possible profits on cheese and milk as compared with the price of butter?


In view of the necessity for securing adequate supplies of milk during the winter months, the Food Controller is not prepared to increase producer's prices of butter and cheese. The present shortage of butter is due to a lack of shipping facilities, and is scarcely affected by home production during the winter months.


Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the prices of milk and cheese are such that butter has not been produced at home at the same rate as it used to be? Will he look into the matter from this point of view?


That point has been considered. If the relative profits on these articles are altered, as suggested, there will be a serious danger of increasing the demand without adding to the amount of the butter.


Are certain traders allowed to charge 2s. per gallon more than the standard price?


That does not arise on this question.

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