HC Deb 08 February 1966 vol 724 c190
20. Mr. Emrys Hughes

asked the Minister of Overseas Development if he will take steps to increase the export of milk products to the under-developed countries where the population is suffering from malnutrition.

Mr. Oram

I am considering with my right hon. Friend the Minister of Agriculture the possibility of including skimmed milk powder in the commodity component of the United Kingdom's pledge of $6.2 million to the second 3-year period of the World Food Programme.

Mr. Hughes

Does the Minister appreciate that, by 1970, there will be a considerable surplus of milk in this country? If this milk is not sold the herds will have to be reduced. Would it not be far better for the Government to buy up surplus milk—or have a plan for doing so—than to spend money uselessly in Cyprus and Singapore?

Mr. Oram

It is possible that what I have indicated as our present intention could be extended. I will have my hon. Friend's point in mind.

Sir A. V. Harvey

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that, unless his right hon. Friend the Minister of Agriculture looks favourably at the Price Review for the dairy farmers, there will be a shortage of milk by 1970?