asked the Secretary of State for Scotland, whether, in view of the urgent need to increase the production of milk in Scotland, he will consider modifying for the period of the war existing regulations governing the standard of buildings required for milk production?
In view of the importance to the public health of clean and safe milk, I am not prepared to approve a general relaxation of the dairy by-laws. If, however, my hon. Friend knows of any instance where the administration of the by-laws is preventing an increase of production for the liquid milk market and will send me particulars, I will consider whether any action can properly be taken.
Has my right hon. Friend received any representations from the Scottish Marketing Board on this subject, and does he not think that, if these regulations were relaxed, the large number of farmers with small numbers of cows would be able to help the Scottish milk position?
I suggest that my hon. Friend should study my Answer. If he can give me particulars of any case where the by-laws are being improperly administered, I will very carefully consider it.