HC Deb 09 July 1936 vol 314 cc1385-6
40. Mr. LEACH

asked the Minister of Agriculture whether, in framing a policy for the imposition of a levy on imports of both Empire and foreign dairy produce, as indicated in his statement of 25th July, 1935, on the Government's long-term agricultural programme, he proposes to consult consumers' organisations, such as the Consumers' Council and the principal women's organisations?


As indicated in the statement to which the hon. Member refers, the question whether as part of the Government's long-term policy for the milk industry assistance should be afforded by a system of duties or levies on imports of butter and cheese will fall for consideration in the light of the report of the Reorganisation Commission for Milk for Great Britain, which should be available in the near future. The Government are always willing on such occasions to give due weight to any views that may be submitted to them by responsible organisations.


Is there any chance, if the representatives of women's organisations make out a strong case, of the policy of the Government being altered?


If convincing reasons are made out against any portion of the Government's policy, it will certainly be altered.

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