Butter and Cheese

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 19th December 1957.

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Photo of Mr Richard Glyn Mr Richard Glyn , North Dorset 12:00 am, 19th December 1957

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (1) whether, on the basis of figures available to him from his representatives on the Food and Agriculture Organisation and the Organisation for European Economic Co-operation and from the Government's nominees on the Commonwealth Economic Committee, he will give the price per cwt. of first grade Australian butter in Sydney Market, Australia, and the prices of this Australian butter and of first grade United Kingdom butter at the London Provision Exchange at the latest convenient date;

(2) whether, on the basis of figures available to him from his representatives on the Food and Agriculture Organisation and the Organisation for European Economic Co-operation and from the Government's nominees on the Commonwealth Economic Committee, he will give the prices per cwt. of Australian best white Cheddar type cheese in Sydney Market, Australia, and the prices of this Australian cheese and of United Kingdom cheddar cheese at the London Provision Exchange at the latest convenient date.

Photo of Mr Joseph Godber Mr Joseph Godber , Grantham

The prices for which my hon. and gallant Friend asks are quoted in the Intelligence Bulletin published by the Commonwealth Economic Committee, to which I would refer him.

Photo of Mr Richard Glyn Mr Richard Glyn , North Dorset

While thanking my hon. Friend for that reply, may I ask him whether he is aware that the Intelligence Bulletin to which he referred quotes only one grade of Australian butter which is not mentioned in the terms of my Question? Am I to understand him to mean that this Australian butter, on sale in Sydney at 466s. per cwt., is identical with the first-grade Australian butter quoted on the London Provision Exchange at 258s. a cwt.?

Photo of Mr Joseph Godber Mr Joseph Godber , Grantham

So far as I could hear that supplementary question, I think I should find myself in agreement with the figures my hon. and gallant Friend quoted.