HC Deb 02 June 1954 vol 528 c1271
33. Lieut.-Colonel Lipton

asked the Minister of Food whether he will make a statement about the proposed purchase of butter from the United States of America.

Dr. Hill

I can add nothing at present to the reply I gave on 19th May to the hon. Member for Leicester, North-West (Mr. Janner).

Lieut.-Colonel Lipton

In case the hon. Gentleman is still playing with the idea, will he bear in mind that grocers are now stocked up with more butter than the public can afford to buy, that their margarine costs less and tastes better than butter nowadays, and that this American butter is going bad so quickly that it will soon be fit for axle grease only? Do not touch it.

Dr. Hill

I note the hon. and gallant Gentleman's desire that there should be less butter in the shops.