HC Deb 18 March 1937 vol 321 cc2260-1
73. Captain Heilgers

asked the Minister of Agriculture the number of cows in Great Britain in milk or in calf at the latest convenient date; their estimated production in gallons of milk; whether the gallonage represented by imported milk products is in excess of Home production; and, if so, to what extent?

Mr. W. S. Morrison

The number of cows and heifers in milk and of cows in calf on agricultural holdings of over one acre in Great Britain was 3,056,983 on 4th June, 1936. The production of milk (excluding milk fed to livestock) in the 12 months ended on that date is estimated at approximately 1,587 million gallons. Average imports of milk products into the United Kingdom in the years 1935 and 1936 were equivalent to approximately 2,877 million gallons of liquid milk, representing an excess of 1,290 million gallons over home production.

Mr. Macquisten

Is not this importation due to the fact that the operations of the Milk Board have raised the price of fresh milk beyond the capacity of the people?

Mr. Morrison

No, Sir.