HC Deb 22 May 1950 vol 475 c1630
17. Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

asked the Minister of Food whether he will now make a statement as to the arrangements he proposes to make for the sale of home produced cream.

27. Mr. D. Marshall

asked the Minister of Food whether he will now say what arrangements he proposes to make to allow Cornish cream to be sold this summer.

42 and 43. Mr. Hayman

asked the Minister of Food (1) when he will be able to announce in which areas cream may be produced;

(2) whether he is now prepared to permit, in time for the present season, the production of traditional Cornish cream, which had substantial markets inside and outside the county before the war.

Mr. F. Willey

As has already been announced, clotted cream may be produced after 1st June under licence from my Department in certain parts of Somerset, Devon and Cornwall on farms which are more suitable for rearing store calves on skim milk than for producing liquid milk. We shall be announcing further details in the normal way.

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

Does that answer mean that the dealing in cream, on which we were promised a statement by the hon. Gentleman's right hon. Friend a short time ago, is restricted to this very limited amount and to this very limited area?

Mr. Willey

Yes, it means that this is only a very limited experiment.

Mr. Hayman

Is my hon. Friend aware that his decision will give great satisfaction to Cornishmen everywhere?

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

Can the Parliamentary Secretary say whether his Department, in view of the limited nature of this announcement, will consider authorising the import of Irish cream on private account?