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National Milk Scheme (Institutions)

Volume 387: debated on Tuesday 2 March 1943

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asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food the reasons for withdrawing from corporation institutions in Scotland the arrangements existing since 1940 under the Milk (Extension and Amendment) Act, 1938; and whether, in view of the fact that a scale of necessitousness governs disbursements by such institutions and their claims for recovery, he will take steps to reintroduce the financial arrangements now interrupted by a recent memorandum from his Department?

The primary reason for including institutions in the national milk scheme was to enable them to obtain adequate supplies of milk at a time when these might not otherwise have been obtainable. The milk supply scheme, under which the distribution of milk is controlled generally, now secures to institutions their appropriate supplies and it is thus no longer necessary for this purpose to include them in the national milk scheme. As regards the second part of the Question, it is not considered that there are good reasons for providing institutions such as my hon. Friend refers to with milk at a reduced price or free of cost.