HC Deb 13 December 1939 vol 355 cc1202-3
64. Mr. J. Morgan

asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster whether he has under consideration an increase in the producers' price for milk; and whether it is proposed that this increase shall be passed on to the housewife in a correspondingly higher retail price; or whether the Governmenť will take other steps to keep down the retail price of milk, seeing that it is the most vital food available under war conditions?

Mr. W. S. Morrison

I would refer the hon. Member ťo the answer which my hon. Friend gave yesterday to my hon. Friend the Member for Gillingham (Sir R. Gower). The points to which the hon. Member refers are included within the consideration which is being given to the subject. I hope to be in a position to make a statement to-morrow.

Mr. Morgan

Is the right hon. Gentleman in a position to consider representations to-morrow that, if the farmer does receive a higher price, steps can be taken, if the right hon. Gentleman is convinced in the matter, so that the increase shall not be passed on to the consumer?

Mr. Morrison

Yes, Sir, I am always in a position to consider any representation of that kind.

Mr. T. Williams

When making any statement on the question of the price of milk, particularly should there be a change, will the right hon. Gentleman supply the House with the basis of calculation?

Mr. Morrison

I am always prepared to give the House any information I can.

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