HC Deb 27 October 1919 vol 120 c257
87. Colonel BURN

asked the Food Controller, in view of the price of milk, what measures, if any, are being taken to ensure that the children and the sick can have an adequate supply at a price within their reach?


I have been asked to answer this question. Local authorities are empowered, subject to any necessary restrictions imposed by the Food Controller in times of shortage, to supply milk for expectant nod nursing mothers and children under five at cost price or less, according to the circumstances of the case; and I have recently impressed upon them the importance of a full exercise of their powers in this respect. I will send the hon. and gallant Member a copy of my Circular. Arrangements can be made through the food control committees for priority of supply in the case of sick persons and young children if necessary. I am informed, however that the supply of milk is considered fully adequate.

Major WOOD

How many local authorities have availed themselves of these powers?


Perhaps the hon. and gallant Gentleman will give me notice of that.

Lieut.-Colonel THORNE

Can the Minister of Food see his way to issue some kind of White Paper or Circular showing the reasons why prices are so extraordinarily high at the present time?


I have sought to make clear the reason why prices are high in my replies, and any further information any hon. Member may desire I shall be glad to give.

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