HC Deb 26 June 1934 vol 291 cc951-2
11. Mr. J. WALLACE

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he is aware of the dissatisfaction which exists in Fife with the milk marketing scheme; and, in view of the recent meeting of the Fife Milk Producers' Association held at Kirkcaldy, when a resolution was passed that unless level producers in the scheme received a premium of not less than 2d. per gallon on their immediate supplies they have decided to take steps to break away from the scheme by ignoring it altogether, he will look further into the matter?


I have seen a report of the meeting referred to. The complaints by the East of Scotland Milk Producers' Federation as to the operation of the scheme, which have been referred to the Committee of Investigation for Scotland for consideration and report in accordance with the Act of 1931, include representations regarding the position of level producers under the scheme. On receiving the Committee's report, I will consider what action should be taken with regard to these complaints.


Is my right hon. Friend aware of the serious urgency of this matter; and is he further aware that various milk producers in Fife who were doing quite well before the scheme was introduced are now on the eve of bankruptcy?


I am aware of the feeling which exists, that the Committee of Investigation should hasten their procedure, and I am convinced myself that the Committee are well aware of the urgency of the matter and are dealing with it with despatch.