HC Deb 20 June 1940 vol 362 cc237-8
59. Mr. Lipson

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food whether, in view of the fact that the proposed increase in the price of liquid milk is due largely to the cost of distribution, he will arrange for milk to continue to be sold at the existing price on a cash and carry basis?

Mr. Boothby

The increase in the price of liquid milk which comes into operation on 1st July is not due primarily to increased costs of distribution. My Noble Friend has asked the milk distributing trade to appoint a committee representative of the industry to make proposals for the reorganisation of milk distribution with the object of reducing costs, and all economies, such as that suggested, will be considered by that committee.

Mr. Rhys Davies

Will the trade unions covering workers in the milk distributing industry be represented on the committee which is to be set up?

Mr. Boothby

I would like notice of that question.

Dr. Haden Guest

Has a time limit been set to the deliberations of this committee?

Mr. Boothby

Yes, Sir.

Sir Joseph Nall

Is it not a fact that a large proportion of the cost of milk is due to charges levied by the Milk Board?

Dr. Guest

Is the committee to deliberate until 30th September?

Mr. Boothby

No, Sir. The request made by my Noble Friend is that he shall have the proposals of the committee at the earliest possible moment, but that a revision of milk charges must take place by the end of September.