HC Deb 12 May 1960 vol 623 cc591-2
2. Mr. Prior

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food by how much he estimates milk output for 1960– 61 will exceed that of 1959–60; and what directions he will give to the Milk Marketing Board to sell milk for manufacturing purposes.

Mr. John Hare

In the year from 1st June, 1960, milk sold off farms in England and Wales is expected to be about 5 per cent. higher than in 1959–60. The surplus over requirements for the liquid market is being taken up by the manufacturers, and I am satisfied that the Milk Marketing Board needs no directions from me in selling for manufacturing purposes.

Mr. Prior

Is my right hon. Friend aware that considerable imports of condensed milk are now coming in from Denmark and also from Holland at indirectly subsidised prices, which is having a severe effect on both liquid sales and manufacturing sales in this country? In view of the increased production which the right hon. Gentleman has just announced, will the Government reintroduce the quota which existed up to the end of December, 1958?

Mr. Hare

As far as our own arrangements are concerned, I understand that the Milk Marketing Board does not anticipate difficulty in disposing of the increased supplies. As far as the other matter which the hon. Gentleman has raised is concerned, if there is any question of imports being either dumped or subsidised, the parties concerned can apply to the Board of Trade for the imposition of anti-dumping or countervailing duties.