HC Deb 08 November 1973 vol 863 c216W
45. Mr. Biffen

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what assessment he has made of the impact of the shortage of milk bottles on the ability of the trade to maintain the present scale of daily milk deliveries; what representations he has received on this subject; and if he will make a statement.

Mrs. Fenner

The Dairy Trade Federation is undertaking a campaign to encourage the public to return bottles promptly. I understand that this is meeting with an encouraging response and deliveries are being maintained. I hope that this co-operation between the public and the milkmen will continue and the trade has emphasised its importance over the Christmas period. The Dairy Trade Federation has been in touch with my right hon. Friend about the supply of new bottles and this has been discussed with the Glass Manufacturers Federation.