HC Deb 08 May 1939 vol 347 c37W
Major Procter

asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster whether, in view of the importance of milk powder during a time of emergency, its easy storage and freedom of contamination, he can state what steps are being taken to ensure at least the normal quantity usually manufactured at this time of the year is in fact being so manufactured; and whether the Food (Defence Plans) Department are taking any action to ensure that such supplies are available?

Mr. W. S. Morrison

The output of processed milks and the stocks on hand are carefully studied by the Food (Defence Plans) Department but they have no power to determine the scale of private manufacture. The desirability of augmenting the stocks of dried milk under the powers contained in the Essential Commodities Reserves Act has been examined and in the present circumstances it is not considered that any special action is called for with regard to this commodity.