HC Deb 13 May 1954 vol 527 cc86-7W
Sir W. Smithers

asked the Minister of Agriculture if he is satisfied that the taxpayer is getting full value for the subsidies for the production of milk in view of particulars which have been sent him.

Sir T. Dugdale

Yes. But there is undoubtedly room for a further increase in the efficiency of milk production and reduction of costs on many farms, and it is the constant endeavour of the Government, in co-operation with the Milk Marketing Boards, to bring this about. Positive measures include the provision of advisory services, the disease eradication policy, the licensing of bulls and the encouragement of milk recording and artificial insemination. As set out in the Annual Review White Paper, 1954, which announced a reduction of 1d, a gallon in the guaranteed price of milk, the Government include among the primary objectives of the industry a steady reduction in costs and in the liability falling upon the taxpayer.