HC Deb 08 February 1934 vol 285 cc1306-7

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will give an assurance that he does not intend to bring the Aberdeen and District Milk Marketing Scheme, 1933, before this House for approval, in view of the increased charges which it will entail for the supply of milk to hospitals and similar institutions?


I cannot give the assurance asked for. My hon. Friend is mistaken in stating that the scheme entails increased charges for the supply of milk to hospitals and similar institutions. The scheme, in fact, provides that the Board may fix the price of milk for charitable purposes and to public institutions at a lower level than the ordinary standard price.


Is it not the case that the present contract price is 1s. 2d. and the price under the scheme is 1s. 6½d., possibly?


The scheme is not yet in full operation, and I do not think the final decision of the Board can be anticipated, but the facts are as I have stated.

Lieut.-Colonel MacANDREW

Will the hon. Gentleman take steps to see that all classes of retailers are compelled to sell at the same price, and are not allowed to give a discount or "divi"?


That question does not arise out of the question on the Paper.