HC Deb 01 November 1954 vol 532 cc10-1W
84. Mr. Osborne

asked the Minister of Food the estimated subsidy per pint of milk, exclusive of welfare and school milk; the average consumption per person per day; and the total subsidy for the year.

Dr. Hill

The subsidy on milk, excluding the cost of the two welfare schemes and the attested herds scheme, is estimated at about £40 million this year. This is equivalent to ¾d. a pint on all milk. The average weekly consumption of all milk, including welfare and school milk, is about five pints per head.

88. Mr. Dodds

asked the Minister of Food how much full-price liquid milk was consumed by the public in the first six months of 1954; how this compares with a similar period of 1951; and what this means in terms of the average weekly consumption per person.

Dr. Hill

647 million gallons in the first half of 1954, and 666 million for the corresponding period in 1951. The average weekly consumption of full-priced milk was about four pints per week.