Imported Butter.

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture. – in the House of Commons on 20th March 1934.

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Photo of Sir George Mitcheson Sir George Mitcheson , St Pancras South West

19.

asked the President of the Board of Trade the weight and fresh-milk equivalent of butter imported in 1933 from foreign countries with which we have not entered into any treaty arrangements specifically covering butter since the passage of the Import Duties Act?

Photo of Mr Edward Burgin Mr Edward Burgin , Luton

1,065,000 cwts. of butter were imported during 1933 from foreign countries with which no trade agreements in which butter is specifically mentioned have been concluded since the passage of the Import Duties Act. The fresh milk equivalent of this amount of butter is 281,353,000 gallons.

Photo of Major Abraham Lyons Major Abraham Lyons , Leicester East

Can my hon. Friend say how this compares with the amount of butter that we have imported from New Zealand?

Photo of Mr Edward Burgin Mr Edward Burgin , Luton

Certainly not without a good deal of notice.

Photo of Mr Herbert Williams Mr Herbert Williams , Croydon South

Is not the fresh milk equivalent of this amount of butter vastly in excess of the surplus anticipated by the Minister of Agriculture?

Photo of Mr Edward Burgin Mr Edward Burgin , Luton

That is a matter for another Minister.

Major MILLS:

39 and 40.

asked the Minister of Agriculture (1) by what number of cwts. the imports of butter from Sweden in 1933 exceeded the amount below which their quota is not to be reduced under our trade agreement with them; and whether he proposes, in the interests of British producers, to take steps to see that in 1934 the minimum number of cwts. allowed them is not materially exceeded;

(2) by what number of cwts. the imports of butter from Denmark in 1933 exceeded the amount below which their quota is not to be reduced under our trade agreement with them; and whether he proposes, in the interests of British producers, to take steps to see that in 1934 the minimum number of cwts. allowed them is not materially exceeded?

Photo of Mr George Bowyer Mr George Bowyer , Buckingham

I have been asked to reply. The minimum quantities referred to do not apply except in the event of the supply of imported butter being regulated, which is not at present the case. Imports of butter in 1933 from Sweden and Denmark exceeded the minimum quantities provided for in the trade agreements with those countries by 41,777 cwts. and 219,119 cwts. respectively. With regard to the interests of British producers, I would remind my hon. and gallant Friend of the statement outlining the Government's milk policy which my right hon. Friend made on 22nd February.

Photo of Mr Charles Williams Mr Charles Williams , Torquay

Is the hon. and gallant Member aware that imported butter is seriously affecting butter made on British farms?

Photo of Mr George Bowyer Mr George Bowyer , Buckingham

Yes, Sir, I am aware of that fact.