HC Deb 04 April 1935 vol 300 cc520-1

asked the Minister of Agriculture whether the Milk Marketing Board is taking any action to restrict the production of British milk and milk products; and if such action meets with his approval?


No, Sir. The Milk Marketing Board have announced that they will not give the slightest consideration to any proposal for the restriction of production. My right hon. Friend may have in mind statements to the effect that the board are considering an amendment of the Milk Marketing Scheme whereby each registered producer would be allotted a basic quantity in respect of which he would receive the full pool price, with possibly a smaller return for sales in excess of that basic quantity. My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Scotland and I have referred this amendment with other matters to the Milk Reorganisation Commission for Great Britain, and I should, of course, under no circumstances express any opinion on the matter until I had read and considered their report.


May I take it that it is not the policy of the Government to restrict home Agricultural production?


Certainly, Sir.