HC Deb 21 January 1937 vol 319 cc338-9
44. Brigadier-General Clifton Brown

asked the Minister of Agriculture whether the Milk Reorganisation Committee's Report will be followed by legislation to amend or alter the present Milk Board's scheme; and, if so, will he bring in that legislation before the summer Recess in 1937?

The Minister of Agriculture (Mr. W. S. Morrison)

I am not yet able to make any statement upon the subject.

Brigadier-General Brown

Will my right hon. Friend remember that the contract period begins next October, and that something must be done before then?

Mr. Morrison

I am aware of the fact that some legislation will be necessary before the House adjourns, but I am not prepared to say whether it will be of the scope which my hon. and gallant Friend indicates in his question. The report raises a number of issues, and consultation with other Departments will be necessary.

Mr. Macquisten

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware how many Members have read that enormously long report? Is he aware that the only one who is likely to have read it is the Noble Lady the Member for West Perth (Duchess of Atholl)? Nobody else has the time.