HC Deb 30 May 1938 vol 336 c1640
26. Mr. Liddall

asked the Minister of Agriculture whether his attention has been drawn to the increase in the imports of butter from the small European countries, namely, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Sweden, and Poland; and will he take steps to ensure that any increased supplies required in this country are met from home sources?

Mr. W. S. Morrison

The answer to the first part of the question is in the affirmative. With regard to the second part of the question, the production of butter depends on the quantity of milk available for manufacture. My hon. Friend will appreciate that I could hardly ask the Milk Marketing Board to arrange for further supplies of milk for manufacture into butter, which is one of the least remunerative outlets, if, in the opinion of the Board, the provision of such supplies would be detrimental to the interests of the milk industry.