§ Mr. C. Smith
asked the Minister of Food the liquid consumption of milk; the average retail price; the average regional wholesale price for liquid milk; and the average distributive margin tot 1938–39 and for 1944–45.
§ Sir B. Smith
The information for which my hon. Friend asks is as follows:
England and Wales. Years (October/September). 1938/39. 1944/45. Million Million gallons gallons. Quantity of milk consumed in liquid form. 767 1,072 Average retail price of milk. per gallon d. per gallon d. 27.5 36.0 Average wholesale price of liquid milk to distributors. 16.25 25.25 Average distributive margin. 11.5 12.7
The distributive margin includes the cost of special allowances for transport and other services which are not covered by the retail price.
§ Mr. Stokes
asked the Minister of Food how much milk is now being sent to factories for the production of goods other than food; and the purpose for which such milk is being used.