HC Deb 25 November 1964 vol 702 cc1272-3
34. Mr. Scott-Hopkins

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what consideration he has now given to freeing Channel Islands milk from price control; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Peart

I have very recently received further representations from the interested parties and I am giving them my urgent attention.

Mr. Scott-Hopkins

How soon will the right hon. Gentleman be able to give an answer to this Question? Is it not a pressing question for the dairy farmers who have Channel Island cows? These farmers want to know where they stand as soon as possible?

Mr. Peart

Yes, as soon as possible I shall make up my mind on this question. I have received comments from the Milk Marketing Board, Quality Milk Producers, Ltd. and the Central Milk Distributive Committee, I shall examine these carefully and objectively and come to a decision.

Mr. Soames

Will the right hon. Gentleman bear in mind that action is essential? Indeed, a decision was taken by the previous Government, which would have been implemented by now had the right hon. Gentleman not been in office. It is essential to take action to ensure that the supply of this high-quality milk is sufficient to meet future demand.

Mr. Peart

I am anxious to see that the supply is satisfactory. I admit that the right hon. Gentleman did come to a decision but very late in his Administration's history.