§ 74. Sir P. Hurd
asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he is aware of the embarrassment caused to milk producers by the delay in announcing the decision of the Ministry on the amendments to the milk marketing scheme which were approved by a poll of registered producers in July, 1936; and whether he will devise a more expeditious means of amending such schemes as experience proves to be necessary.
§ Mr. W. S. Morrison
I am aware of the desire that these amendments should be brought into force, and they are being dealt with as expeditiously as possible. I would, however, remind my hon. Friend that an amendment of a marketing scheme may have far-reaching effects on the interests of persons affected by it and that, although the procedure laid down in the Agricultural Marketing Act, 1931, for dealing with amendments may at first 566 sight appear protracted, it is designed to ensure that the fullest consideration is given to any changes that may be proposed and to the views of all interested parties.
§ Sir P. Hurd
Can the House be assured that these amendments will be considered and settled before the next contract date, which is 1st October?
§ Mr. Macquisten
Is it not the case that these polls under the milk marketing scheme are decided not only on the number of individuals voting but also on the number of cows owned by individuals with the result that the men with a large number of cows, if a scheme suits him, is in a position to oppress the small man who has only a few cows?