HC Deb 17 March 1958 vol 584 cc911-2
32. Mr. Darling

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what inquiries have been made by his Department or any other organisation for which he is responsible into the reasons for the low consumption of butter, compared with pre-war purchases; and with what results.

Mr. Godber

No official inquiries have been made into this matter. Butter consumption, although still below the prewar level, has increased substantially since de-rationing, particularly in the last two years.

Mr. Darling

Does the Parliamentary Secretary agree that the best way to help farmers at present is to give them a larger market and somehow to make it possible for the people of this country to eat more meat and dairy produce, and that the best way to do that is to see that they have decent wages and good purchasing power?

Mr. Godber

The consumption of both meat and dairy products has risen very rapidly indeed since hon. Members opposite left office.

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