HC Deb 29 November 1948 vol 458 c1623
38. Mr. Murray

asked the Minister of Food whether he is satisfied that the erection of the factory for the Milk Marketing Board at Langley Bridge, Co. Durham, has been justified; what quantity of milk was treated during the first three months after opening and the last three months for which figures are available; what is its maximum capacity; and when he expects that this will be reached.

Mr. Strachey

I am satisfied that this factory has justified its existence. During the first three months after opening throughput was about 7,800 gallons daily. During the three months, August to October, throughput was about 10,000 gallons daily. The capacity of the factory is 20,000 gallons daily, which should be reached in a comparatively short time, if the present rate of increase is maintained.

Mr. Murray

While thanking my right hon. Friend for that reply, may I ask whether he is aware that deputations are visiting this factory from all over the country? Are such factories likely to be established in other parts of the country?

Mr. Strachey

I could not answer without notice the question about other parts of the country, but we feel that this factory will justify itself.

Mr. Mikardo

Is my right hon. Friend taking steps to safeguard against the waste of buildings and materials which would occur if the Milk Marketing Board and private manufacturers and processers went on manufacturing independently, without more milk being produced?

Mr. Strachey

Certainly, that will be kept in mind.