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Milk And Butter (Scotland)

Volume 361: debated on Thursday 30 May 1940

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asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food whether he has considered complaints from fanners and the grocery trade in the North of Scotland regarding the reduction of the butter ration from eight to four ounces; whether he is aware that large quantities of butter are going to waste every week in Scotland; and whether he proposes to make any arrangement for the collection and marketing of the surplus milk and butter now being wasted?

I have no evidence that large quantities of butter are going to waste in Scotland. While every effort has been made to enable farm butter-makers to dispose of their output, it is appreciated that in certain local areas surpluses may still exist. In these circumstances, divisional food officers have been authorised to take steps where necessary to enable surplus production being made available for consumption.