§ Mr. Arthur Lewis
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food whether, pursuant to his reply to the hon. Member for Newham, North-West, Official Report, 15 November, c. 70, concerning the price of milk, he will set out the actual rises in costs of production, processing and distribution.
§ Mr. Peter Walker
The milk price determinations are made after a review of an extensive and detailed range of data, including estimates and projections based on costings of individual dairies prepared by independent accountants. I refer the hon. Member to my statement on 22 December 1981 providing the details of my acceptance of the Binder Hamlyn proposals. On milk production costs from the cow the net result after taking account of improved yields was an increase of about 5 per cent.