HC Deb 19 December 1945 vol 417 c1331
54. Mrs. Middleton

asked the Minister of Food how many adult people in this country, other than nursing and expectant mothers, are registered for priority milk; and whether he is satisfied that there is no great misuse of the priority permits for milk that are extended to certain classes of invalids.

Sir B. Smith

The number of adult consumers, other than expectant mothers and mothers of infants under one year old, who receive priority supplies of milk, is estimated to be about 600,000. The possibility of misuse of priority arrangements, whereby certain invalids receive extra milk, is under review by my Department, with the object of ascertaining whether any tightening-up of the present procedure is necessary.

Mr. House

In connection with this question of high quality milk, is the Minister prepared to consider the supply of unpasteurized milk?

Sir B. Smith

I am looking into the matter, and hope at some future date to implement the general policy on the provision of a clean milk supply set out in the White Paper issued in 1943.