§ Sir R. Glyn
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (1) whether he will seek the necessary powers to prevent the sale by retail in the United Kingdom of liquid milk produced on premise s not subject to inspection and not licensed by officials appointed by his Department;179W
(2) whether he will seek the necessary powers to prevent the sale by retail in the United Kingdom of liquid milk produced from herds not subject to tuberculin tests by veterinary surgeons and other officials appointed by his department.
§ Mr. Scott-Hopkins
All milk sold by retail in England and Wales is produced in this country from attested herds on farms which are subject to inspection. If milk were likely to be imported, the Government would have to consider whether existing legislation would need to be strengthened.
§ Mr. Kenyon
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how the increase of 4d. per gallon in the price of milk sold retail, which is to come into effect on 5th April, is to be shared; and by whom the proceeds of these increases will be received.
§ Mr. Soames
The increase in the retail price for the coming year as compared with the average retail price last year is estimated to yield an extra £36.3 million. Of this £24.3 million will go to milk producers as a result of the recent Annual Review. The remaining £12 million is required to recoup underpayment by the consumer in 1963–64, higher distribution costs, and other factors.