HC Deb 12 April 1934 vol 288 c485
52. Captain ERSKINE-BOLST (for Mr. HALL-CAINE)

asked the Minister of Agriculture what complaints he has received with regard to the decision of the arbitrators as to milk prices for the current season which would justify him in referring the matter to a committee of investigation under sub-section 3b of Section 9 of the Agricultural Marketing Act, 1931; and from what body such complaints have been received?


A number of expressions of dissatisfaction with the award of the appointed persons have been received both from organisations and from individuals, but they are not being referred to the committee of investigation because even upon the receipt of a report from that committee my right hon. Friend would have no power to vary the award.

Lieut.-Colonel ACLAND-TROYTE

Is my right hon. Friend aware that the Minister in a reply to me stated that persons aggrieved by the award should apply to have their cases placed before the committee of investigation and that he could take no action until this had been done?


I am informed that my hon. and gallant Friend is quite wrong. Presuming that a scheme exists, the arbitration having taken place and the award having been given, neither the Minister nor the committee can interfere in any way with the award.


Is it intended by the Government to vary the method of fixing the contract price in the next contract for 1st October?


Obviously, I must have notice of that question.