38. Mr. Rostron Duckworth
asked the Minister of Agriculture to what extent the production of British cheese has increased or decreased since the inception of the milk marketing scheme; and whether, in view of the large quantity of cheese which is still imported into this country, special attention can be given to this matter in the near future?
§ Mr. W. S. Morrison
As the reply to the first part of the question is in the form of a table, with my hon. Friend's permission I will circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT. With regard to the second part of the question, I would refer my hon. Friend to the statement of 842 the Government's proposals affecting the milk industry contained in the White Paper of July last, as amplified by the reply I gave to a question put on 7th December, 1937, by my hon. and gallant Friend, the Member for Maldon (Sir E. Ruggles-Brise).
§ Following is the table:
§ Quantities of milk disposed of under the English Milk Marketing Scheme for manufacture into cheese in factories and on farms.
|Period.||Factory cheese.||Farm cheese.|
|'000 gallons.||'000 gallons.|
|Oct., 1933—Mar., 1934 (6 months).||19,181||*|
|Apr., 1934—Sept., 1934 (6 months).||42,455||18,846|
|Oct., 1934—Mar., 1935 (6 months).||34,469||2,473|
|Apr., 1935—Sept., 1935 (6 months).||58,162||11,532|
|Oct., 1935—Mar., 1936 (6 months).||33,194||3,650|
|Apr., 1936—Sept., 1936 (6 months).||56,604||14,066|
|Oct., 1936—Mar., 1937 (6 months).||22,590||4,208|
|Apr., 1937—Sept., 1937 (6 months).||36,740||15,415|
|Oct., 1937—Mar., 1938 (6 months).||13,568||5,759|
|*No figures available.|