HC Deb 08 July 1977 vol 934 c673W
Mr. Grieve

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food why there is no price limit on milk sold in cartons, as opposed to bottles; and what action he proposes.

Mr. Bishop

The maximum retail prices laid down in the Milk (Great Britain) Order 1971, as amended, are applicable to milk sold in both bottles and cartons. When, however, non-returnable containers such as cartons are used for sales through shops, it has been the policy of successive Governments not to oppose the addition of a reasonable charge for the non-returnable package compared with the lower cost of returnable glass bottles on delivery rounds. A close watch is kept on such charges to ensure that they are not excessive, and the results of our latest investigations confirm that charges of up to 1p a pint can be justified. More than 90 per cent. of households in England and Wales do, however, have milk delivered to the doorstep at the basic controlled maximum retail price.