HC Deb 26 May 1924 vol 174 cc35-6
67. Mr. AYLES

asked the Minister of Agriculture what steps he proposes to take, as a result of the exemption of milk from the War Charges (Validity) (No. 2) Bill. to secure that farmers, who were illegally deprived in the south-western counties of 2d. per gallon, shall as far as possible have it made good to them?


I would point out that the farmers in the south-western counties were not illegally deprived. The levy which the House of Lords decided to be illegal was a levy on the distributors. I am proposing, however, to approach the distributors to whom the sums in question are legally due, and suggest that this money should be devoted to research work for the benefit of the dairy industry.


Supposing the distributors refuse the request the right hon. Gentleman makes them, will the Government bring forward a short Bill to incorporate the suggestion made by the hon. Member opposite provided it is found that the Bill would be supported by Members of all parties?


That is a hypothetical situation which, I hope, will not arise.