HC Deb 31 May 1938 vol 336 cc1861-2W
Mr. Liddall

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether his attention has been drawn to the fact that there was an increase in the first four months of 1938, as compared with the first four months of 1937, of 30 per cent. in the supplies of separated or skimmed milk imported from abroad; and whether he will consult with the Minister of Agriculture in order that all requirements of this commodity may be met from home sources?

Mr. Stanley:

The quantity of condensed skimmed milk that may be imported into the United Kingdom is limited by voluntary arrangement with the principal foreign supplying countries. During the first three months of this year allocations were considerably higher than during the corresponding period of 1937, though a reduction has been arranged for the three months April, May and June. These allocations were agreed after consideration of the supply position and discussions with representatives of home producers. There is continual consultation between my right hon. Friend the Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries and myself on this and similar matters.