§ Mr. A. HERBERT
asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he is aware of the serious position of the dairy farmers of counties such as Somerset by reason of the prices they are to receive for their milk during the summer months; and what steps he is taking to investigate the positions of the producer and the consumer of milk?
Sir A. BOSCAWEN
I am aware that wholesale milk dealers are offering much lower prices than last year, but I do not2542W think it need be assumed that farmers will accept those prices. In past years the prices offered in the first instance by dealers have not usually been those at which contracts have actually been made. As regards the second part of the question, I do not think an inquiry of the kind suggested would produce any useful results.