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Volume 15: debated on Monday 14 December 1981

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what is the reason for the latest increase proposed for the price of milk; and if he will set up an inquiry to examine how and why the price of milk should be so high in comparison with the price of some commodities, such as petrol, in relation to which it has traditionally been cheaper, notwithstanding the increases in tax which have raised the price of some of those commodities substantially.

I am still considering the future level of milk prices. Any decision I reach will take full account of the recommendations of an independent firm of accountants (Binder Hamlyn), which has carried out an exhaustive review of the liquid milk costings arrangements. I therefore see no need for any further inquiry.