Imported Milk

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture. – in the House of Commons on 10th December 1931.

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Photo of Mr Thomas Levy Mr Thomas Levy , Elland

84.

asked the Minister of Agriculture what action he proposes to take to stop foreign liquid milk being imported into this country in view of the fact that there is more than an adequate supply produced in this country itself?

Photo of Mr John Gilmour Mr John Gilmour , Glasgow Pollok

I am not in a position at present to add anything to the statements I have already made with regard to agricultural policy.

Photo of Sir Joseph Lamb Sir Joseph Lamb , Stone

Does not my right hon. Friend think that it is unfair that foreign liquid milk should be imported without any supervision whatever and allowed to compete with milk produced here under supervision?

Photo of Mr John Gilmour Mr John Gilmour , Glasgow Pollok

I am taking steps to see that supervision is made, and I am watching the position very closely.

Photo of Mr Thomas Williams Mr Thomas Williams , Don Valley

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that there is a shortage of milk?

Photo of Sir Joseph Lamb Sir Joseph Lamb , Stone

Will my right hon. Friend say whether that supervision will be during production or only inspection of the milk on arrival in this country?

Photo of Mr John Gilmour Mr John Gilmour , Glasgow Pollok

Naturally inspection on arrival in this country.

Photo of Sir Nicholas Grattan-Doyle Sir Nicholas Grattan-Doyle , Newcastle upon Tyne North

91.

asked the Minister of Agriculture whether his attention has been called to the prospect of imports of fresh milk from Norway to the Tyne; can he state what was the destination of the 1,300 gallons which arrived at Newcastle on 7th December; whether there is any known scarcity of milk in this country; and what steps he proposes to take?

Photo of Mr John Gilmour Mr John Gilmour , Glasgow Pollok

Yes, Sir, my attention has been called to this matter. According to the Press, the milk from Norway which was at Newcastle on the 7th December was consigned to a firm at Melton Mowbray. As regards the last part of the question, it is the case that there has recently been an abnormal temporary shortage of liquid milk available to the public in this country, but the situation does not, in my opinion, call for any action of an emergency nature in anticipation of any considered measures that I may submit in due course for dealing with agriculture generally.

Photo of Sir Nicholas Grattan-Doyle Sir Nicholas Grattan-Doyle , Newcastle upon Tyne North

Is not this an entirely new departure in the dumping of milk on Tyneside; and will my right hon. Friend say for the information of the House in What part of the country there was a shortage of milk?

Photo of Sir Percy Harris Sir Percy Harris , Bethnal Green South West

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the working-class prefer home-produced fresh milk, and that if there is a plentiful supply they will always pay more for it?

Photo of Mr James Maxton Mr James Maxton , Glasgow Bridgeton

Will the right hon. Gentleman send a collection of Buy British literature to the firm at Melton Mowbray?