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Departmental Committee On Milk Standards

Volume 92: debated on Monday 1 April 1901

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I beg to ask the First Lord of the Treasury whether he can say what opportunity there will be for the House to consider the Report and recommendations of the Departmental Committee of the Board of Agriculture, in reference to fixing standards for milk, cream, and separated milk before they are adopted.

I understand that the Departmental Committee reported about a fortnight ago, and that my right hon. friend at the head of the Board of Agriculture proposes to give a reasonable time for representation to be made by those interested as to the mode in which that Report should be dealt with. I do not think that an opportunity could or ought to be given to the House for dealing with a matter within the discretion of the Department and vested in them by statute.

Will the right hon. Gentleman endeavour to arrange that the Vote for the Board of Agriculture shall not be guillotined, so that the House may have an opportunity of expressing an opinion on the subject?

I cannot give an undertaking to that effect, although, of course, I am ready with regard to this as to other Votes to consult the general wish and convenience of the House.