HC Deb 24 April 1940 vol 360 c211
60. Mr. Stokes

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food whether he will publish a list of the names of those companies who purchased more than 1,000,000 gallons of milk at factory prices during the months of May, June, July, and August, 1939, showing the amount taken and the price paid by each of such companies for each of the months named?

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

The information asked for is not in my possession.

Mr. Stokes

Does the Minister mean that he does not know what is sold to the factories, or does it mean that he is not willing to give these figures?

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

Under Section 17 of the Agricultural Marketing Act, passed by the Labour party when it was in power, it is an offence to disclose these facts.

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