55. Mr. ALEXANDER
asked the Minister of Agriculture on what date it is proposed to publish the report of the committee of investigation in connection with the complaints made by the central milk distributive committee and the parliamentary committee of the co-operative congress regarding the contract terms for the supply of milk prescribed by the Milk Marketing Board for the milk year from 1st October, 1935?
§ The PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY to the MINISTRY of AGRICULTURE (Mr. Ramsbotham)
My right hon. Friend has not yet received the report referred to, but he understands that it will be presented very shortly. I am sending to the right hon. Gentleman a copy of the reply given by my right hon. Friend to a similar question by the hon. Member for North Tottenham (Mr. R. C. Morrison) on 24th February.
Is the hon. Gentleman aware that the public proceedings of the committee of investigation ceased seven weeks ago, and that this is a very urgent matter?
§ Mr. RAMSBOTHAM
Yes, but the right hon. Gentleman will also know that the committee sat for 36 days and that the transcript of the shorthand notes of the evidence covers more than 3,600 pages.