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Milk Prices

Volume 237: debated on Monday 24 March 1930

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65.

asked the Minister of Agriculture the average wholesale price of milk as sold to the combines, both summer and winter, for the past three years?

PRICES (Per gallon) received by producers from distributors as arranged under the National Agreement of the Permanent Joint Milk Committee.
1927.1928.1929.
A.B.C.A.B.C.A.B.C.
d.d.d.d.d.d.d.d.d.
January16½14½816½14½81716
February16½14½16½14½1716
March16½14½16½14½1615
April1211712111211
May1211121191211
June1211121191211
July1211121112118
August1211*12111615
September121112111615
October16½14½91615

16

15
November16½14½1716

16⅓

15⅓14⅓
December16½14½1716

17

1615
A. Price for milk delivered to buyer's station.
B. Price for milk delivered to creameries but subject to deduction of actual railway carriage.
C. Price for milk surplus to contract quantity at sender's station.

* In months where a blank is shown the full delivery was accepted.

† Three classes are provided under the agreement for 1929–1930, and the prices shown above are the mean of those for the three classes.

with my hon. Friend's permission, to circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Will the report which the right hon. Gentleman proposes to circulate contain the prices given in respect of Grade "A" and T.T. milk?

The figures are very ample, and perhaps the hon. Gentleman will study the answer which has been given.

Following is the reply:

Prices paid to producers for milk are for the most part in accordance with the terms agreed by the Permanent Joint Milk Committee on which the organisations of producers and distributors are represented. The national agreement governs the price of the bulk of the milk supplied to London, but in other areas this agreement is subject to local variation. In addition to the contracts made under these agreements, it sometimes happens for various reasons, especially in the summer, that the whole output of a producer, irrespective of quantity variations, is purchased at a flat rate which is rather below the prices shown under column "A" in the following table, which gives the prices settled under the national agreements for the past three years.