§ 4. Mr. Evelyn King
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what is the price per gallon currently paid to Dorset farmers for milk; and whether he will increase it.
§ Mr. King
Will the hon. Gentleman use his influence to see that this price is increased? Is it not a fact that 40 per cent. of the small farmers earn less than £12 a week and that although a 1d. or 2d. on a gallon would make an immense difference 1562 to farmers, the difference in the cost of living would be only marginal?
§ Mr. Wingfield Digby
Is the Minister aware that in Dorset, this traditional dairy county, at these prices dairies are still closing, particularly those associated with small farmers?
§ Mr. Speaker
I am very sorry, but I still find it desirable to maintain the rule I laid down until the House discusses this problem of Questions.