§ Mr. LEONARD
asked the Minister of Agriculture if he is aware that the vice-chairman of the Scottish Milk Marketing Board has stated that the Board were 2883W sympathetic to the request of hospitals and infirmaries for a special rate for milk supplies, but were restained by the fact that legislation bound them only to apply special rates to what could be termed a new demand; and if he will take steps to amend the Act so as to permit public institutions to have the advantage of special terms for milk?
§ Sir G. COLLINS
The statement referred to has not come under my notice but it is doubtless the case that the Scottish Milk Marketing Board are not in a position to give special terms to the hospitals and other such institutions in the absence of provision for Government assistance for such a purpose in the Milk Act, 1934. As stated in reply to previous questions, the matter raises large issues of policy, which will have to be considered in conjunction with the report of the Milk Reorganisation Commission.