HC Deb 24 April 1939 vol 346 cc797-8W
Sir A. Baillie

asked the Minister of Agriculture what was the milk equivalent of the milk products imported into this country during the first quarter of 1939; how this gallonage compares with the amount of liquid milk produced in this country during the same period; and whether he is now in a position to state what steps are to be taken to make it feasible for a larger proportion of our requirements of milk products to be produced in this country from British milk?

Sir R. Dorman-Smith

The milk equivalent of milk products imported into the United Kingdom during the first quarter of 1939 is computed at 686 million gallons. I regret that information is not available of the total quantity of liquid milk produced in this country during the same period, but the liquid milk sold under contract by the Milk Marketing Board together with the milk sold through the three Milk Marketing Boards in Scotland during that period amounts to approximately 229 million gallons. In regard to the last part of the question I would refer my hon. Friend to the reply which I gave on the 16th February last to my hon. and gallant Friend the Member for Howden-shire (Major Carver).