HC Deb 07 August 1941 vol 373 cc2126-7W
Mr. Butcher

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food, on what grounds the Milk Marketing Board have refused the request of the County of Holland Agricultural Committee that the Board should exempt keepers of one cow from the regulations as to keeping of records; and whether, before refusal, inquiries were made in the area concerned?

Major Lloyd George

I am having inquiries made and will communicate with my hon. and gallant Friend.

Mr. De la B½re

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food whether, in view of the necessity of preventing farmers from going out of milk production, and milk producers cutting down their herds by one half, he will have a thorough examination of the milk costings made, and take immediate steps to revise upwards the present uneconomic figure for milk?

Major Lloyd George

I am not aware that the prices being paid to producers of milk are generally regarded as being uneconomic or producing the results suggested. As was announced when the 1941–2 prices were published, provision has been made to review these prices in the event of its being shown, at the end of the summer six months and at the end of the winter six months, that the increases guaranteed over the 1938–9 prices were less than the actual increases in costs of production.

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