HC Deb 23 July 1929 vol 230 cc1063-4
21. Mr. WISE

asked the President of the Board of Trade what action is being taken by the Food Council in view of the 80 to 100 per cent. margin for distribution as compared with the farmers' price, in the scheme now under consideration for fixing milk prices by the National Farmers' Union and the milk distributing interests?


I understand that the Food Council will have this matter under examination at their meeting tomorrow, and I have asked them for a report.


Have the Government been approached by the National Farmers' Union with a view to getting a fairer price for their produce?


I have no doubt that representations have been made to the Council in the past, but I cannot; recall any representations which have been made during my own term of office.


Will the price of full cream condensed milk be covered by this inquiry?


I am afraid I cannot reply to that question offhand, and I would ask my hon. Friend to await the outcome of to-morrow's meeting, when I shall be in a position either in the House or by other means to give further details.

Viscountess ASTOR

Is it not true, as the "Daily Herald" says, that the drought is in some measure responsible for these higher prices?

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