asked the Minister for Industry and Commerce whether he is aware that milk consumers in Caherciveen are being charged 6d. per pint for milk and if he will take steps to have this price substantially reduced.
Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Caherciveen Milk Prices.
I am informed that a winter price of 6d. per pint is being charged for milk in Caherciveen. The question of milk prices in areas outside the Dublin and Cork Sale Districts was considered by the Prices Advisory Body in January, 1952. Many complaints had been received in regard to serious local shortages of milk in various parts of the country and the view had been urged that producers were withdrawing from the business because, it was alleged, the controlled price was an uneconomic one. The controlled price was 4½d. per pint and representatives of suppliers in eight counties had applied for an increase to 6d. per pint. Following consideration of the matter the Prices Advisory Body recommended decontrol and this took place from 12th January, 1952. After decontrol there was a general increase in prices but only in a few areas did the price reach the 6d. per pint which producers had been claiming. Complaints regarding shortages are now practically non-existent and it would seem from inquiries which inspectors of my Department have carried out in the past few weeks that while prices vary in different parts of the country they are, in general, better adjusted to the conditions of each locality than they would be if price control were operative.