§ Mr. R. Morgan
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food whether he can give an undertaking that the powers mentioned in Section 9 of the Milk Marketing Order No. 1716 will only be exercised on the express instruction of his Department, and not retrospectively or confirmatorily; and that, if it is found that 1717W as a result of the consultation with the Central Milk Distributive Committee being cut out, the interests of any one branch of the trade are being adversely affected, he will, on representation being made to him by that body, consult with them thereon with a view either to cancelling such directions as may have been given or amending them, providing such amendment or cancellation is not generally against the national interest?
Major Lloyd George
The powers mentioned in Section 9 of the Milk Marketing Board (Modification of Functions) Order will be exercised by the Board in accordance with the directions which my Noble Friend has already issued to the Board, and subject to his supervision. Furthermore, the Board has been informed that it is not intended that the exercise of powers under Article 7 of the Order shall in any way prejudice the consultative arrangements existing between the Board and the purchasers of milk, except in regard to prescriptions or determinations which the Board is required to make in pursuance of a direction of my Noble Friend. He will, of course, always be ready to consider representations made to him from any responsible quarter.