HC Deb 30 March 1949 vol 463 c1221
64. Mr. Janner

asked the Minister of Food whether he will reduce the price of milk during the period when any quantity is available so that those people who can only afford to spend a certain weekly amount on this most useful food can reap the benefit of the extra quantities obtainable.

Dr. Summerskill

No, Sir. Milk is heavily subsidised and I should not be justified in adding to the subsidy by reducing the retail price. Expectant mothers and children under five already receive a pint a day at reduced prices.

Mr. Butcher

Will the right hon. Lady explain why she subsidises any such commodity as meat, which is in inadequate supply, yet refuses to subsidise milk, which is freely available at the present time?

Dr. Summerskill

I have already said that we are subsidising milk at the rate of £62 million this year.