HC Deb 17 May 1944 vol 400 cc178-9
47. Mr. Barnes

asked the Minister of Food why his Department refuses to support applications made by owners of pasteurising dairies for licences to acquire milk-weighing machines, having in mind the increasing shortages in deliveries of milk received from farmers and the fact that weights and measures inspectors consider that the only method of checking this evil is the installation of milk-weighing machines at all dairies.

The Minister of Food (Colonel Llewellin)

I regret that owing to the need to conserve labour and material we can only support applications for new weighing machines when they are needed to replace existing ones or for necessary extensions of existing weighing facilities.

Mr. Barnes

If the Minister is in this difficulty, what other steps does he propose to take to stop this growing abuse?

Colonel Llewellin

Most milk is measured and not weighed, and there are plenty of facilities for firms buying milk to measure it.