Milk (Industrial Use)

Oral Answers to Questions — Food Supplies – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 7 November 1949.

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Photo of Sir Gifford Fox Sir Gifford Fox , Henley 12:00, 7 November 1949

asked the Minister of Food the number of gallons of milk used in the production of plastics and other commercial uses, respectively, during the last 12 months or any convenient period; what percentage this represents of the amount used for human consumption; and if he will divert the milk used for industrial purposes to provide an increased supply to the housewife.

Photo of Mr Evelyn Strachey Mr Evelyn Strachey , Dundee

No liquid milk is provided for the commercial production of plastics and similar industrial products. Seventy per cent. more milk than before the war is sold for liquid consumption and whenever supplies are available they are used in baby food, rationed cheese and other essential foods.

Photo of Sir Gifford Fox Sir Gifford Fox , Henley

Are we to understand from that reply that milk of any description, after being processed for cheese, is used for plastics? Are plastics a byproduct of cheese?

Photo of Mr Evelyn Strachey Mr Evelyn Strachey , Dundee

No, Sir. Except for certain medical purposes, no milk is used for these purposes at all.