HC Deb 28 February 1940 vol 357 cc2064-5
51. Mr. Tree

asked the Minister of Food whether he proposes to announce the Government's price policy for milk for next summer and winter in the near future, in order that farmers may make stocking plans?

Mr. W. S. Morrison

I am at the present time engaged in discussions with representatives of producers and distributors in Great Britain. As soon as possible an announcement of price policy will be made. The period to be covered is one of the questions now under consideration.

Mr. Price

Will the right hon. Gentleman bear in mind the increased cost of feeding-stuffs?

Mr. Morrison

Yes, Sir. We are bearing in mind all those factors.

52. Mr. Tree

asked the Minister of Food what steps are being taken by the Government to build up adequate storage during the summer months to ensure that farmers have the necessary supply of oilcakes in order that milk production may be maintained next winter?

Mr. Morrison

I appreciate the importance of accumulating reserves of all suitable foodstuffs, and this will be done, so far as the shipping position permits.

53. Mr. Tree

asked the Minister of Food whether he can give any assurance that conditions such as those which led to a serious shortage of milk, involving the temporary abandonment of the supply of milk in schools at Market Harborough, will not recur?

Mr. Morrison

I am informed that the weather conditions at the end of last month were responsible for a temporary cessation of the delivery of milk to schools in Market Harborough. I understand that the schools in question are now obtaining their normal supplies of milk.