asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food the average time which elapses between the date on which a milk supplier notifies the appropriate regional milk supply officer that he has too much milk, and the date at which such officer gives him directions as to the disposal of such excess milk under the provisions of the Food (Milk) Order (Statutory Rules and Order, 1943, No. 233)?
When the surplus milk is temporarily diverted from the dairyman to a depot, from 2–3 days are usually required in which to complete the necessary arrangements. If, however, the surplus milk has to be permanently diverted at the farm, the new arrangements may take from 2–3 weeks to complete. The dairyman, until these arrangements are completed, is allowed to dispose of the surplus to his registered customers, but must surrender the surplus milk so soon as the necessary direction reaches him.