HC Deb 05 February 1918 vol 101 cc2112-3W

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food whether he is aware that the largest producer of milk supplying Grimsby delivers such milk to the town at 1s. 9d. per gallon, carriage paid, and that this milk is being retailed to the general public at 2s. 8d. per gallon, or at a profit of over 50 per cent. on the cost price paid to the farmer; and whether the Food Controller will. take immediate steps in the interests of the public of Grimsby to' reduce the retailer's price to 7d. per quart, so that the public may receive the full advantage of the reasonable cost price, and thus bring Grimsby wholesale and retail prices into line with neighbouring towns and cities?


Yes, Sir. Local food control committees are empowered, subject to the approval of the Food Controller, to reduce the retail price of milk within their area, and Lord Rhondda has intimated to the Grimsby committee his. opinion that the retail price of milk in that borough should not exceed 7d. per quart. In default of action on their part, he will himself reduce the price.


asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food when lie proposes to put in force the milk scheme which he has already foreshadowed for a special supply of milk at a reduced price for the use of young children in large towns?


The details of this scheme are at present receiving the consideration of the Food Controller. It is hoped to bring it into operation shortly, but I cannot specify the precise date.

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