asked the Minister of Food what progress has been made in negotiations with the Danish Government for further supplies of butter for this country.
We have a long-term contract with Denmark up till 1955. Under this contract we have agreed to take 75 per cent. of her exportable surplus of butter up to a limit in any year of 115,000 tons (which is the average of our pre-war imports from her). It is provided that prices will not be varied up or down by more than 7½ per cent. in any one year. For the year 1950–51 the Danes have asked for an increase of 7½ per cent. which we have not been able to agree to. Shipments are, however, continuing uninterrupted.