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Milk And Egg Production

Volume 486: debated on Tuesday 10 April 1951

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland the extent of milk and egg production increase in Scotland since the commencement of the expansion programme.

Compared with 1946–47 it is estimated that milk production in Scotland in 1950–51 will have increased by 53 million gallons and egg production by 291 million eggs.

In view of this tremendous increase in milk yield, could my right hon. Friend—[Interruption.] Mr. Speaker, on a point of order, if the noble Lord the Father of the House could contain himself, I could go on with my supplementary question. I was asking my right hon. Friend if he could inform me, in view of the tremendous increase in the milk yield, what proportion of that milk is now being used for—[HON. MEMBERS: "Cheese."]—food aids such as powdered and evaporated milk?

I could not give the exact figure. The processing of milk is at the limit of our capacity and is substantially higher than it was before the war.