Milk and Milk Products.

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture. – in the House of Commons at on 23 November 1931.

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Photo of Sir Charles Cayzer Sir Charles Cayzer , City of Chester

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asked the Minister of Agriculture if he has considered the resolution sent to him by the central council of milk recording societies in favour of a tariff on all foreign milk products; and whether this recommendation will be considered at an early date by the Government?

Photo of Mr John Gilmour Mr John Gilmour , Glasgow Pollok

I am not in a position to add to the reply which I gave to a similar question put by my hon. Friend on the 16th November last.

Photo of Sir Charles Cayzer Sir Charles Cayzer , City of Chester

Is the right hon. Gentleman not aware that the number of societies in favour of a tariff on all foreign milk is rapidly increasing, and that immediate action is required?

Photo of Mr John Gilmour Mr John Gilmour , Glasgow Pollok

I am watching the question very closely.

Photo of Mr John Remer Mr John Remer , Macclesfield

Is the right hon. Gentleman not aware that the trouble among the milk-producers in Chester is very serious?

Photo of Mr Thomas Williams Mr Thomas Williams , Don Valley

Is the Minister of Agriculture not aware that if the farmers of this country learned the elements of—

Photo of Lieut-General Edward Fitzroy Lieut-General Edward Fitzroy , Daventry

That is a different question.

Photo of Major Frank Heilgers Major Frank Heilgers , Bury St Edmunds

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asked the Minister of Agriculture if he is aware that a number of empty milk churns were shipped from Harwich, to the Continent on or about 17th November with a view to the importation of foreign liquid milk at an early date; and whether he will take any steps to prevent any such importation?

Photo of Mr John Gilmour Mr John Gilmour , Glasgow Pollok

I have no information with regard to the statement made in the first part of my hon. and gallant Friend's question. I am, however, making inquiries. Future action must obviously be governed by future developments.

Photo of Major Frank Heilgers Major Frank Heilgers , Bury St Edmunds

Will the Minister take into consideration the whole question of the importations at the Harwich train ferry of perishable agricultural products?