HC Deb 13 May 1925 vol 183 cc1857-8
72. Colonel DAY

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that a ring of London provision brokers are controlling practically the whole of the imports of Australian butter and cheese; and whether, in view of the higher prices resulting there from, the Government propose to take power to deal with the matter?

The PRESIDENT of the BOARD of TRADE(Sir Philip Cunliffe-Lister)

I can find no information to warrant the suggestion contained in the first part of the question. Australian butter and cheese are brought here on a consignment basis to be sold on account of producers by agents acting under instructions from the other side. The Overseas Farmers' Co-operative Marketing Association sell about 25 per cent. of the Australian output and sell to anybody. I understand also that a producers' board is being set up in Australia., with representatives in London, to supervise marketing arrangements.