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Dáil Éireann debate -
Thursday, 20 Mar 1969

Vol. 239 No. 5

Ceisteanna — Questions. Oral Answers. - Price of Milk.


asked the Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries if, in view of the fact that the price of milk to the consumer was increased by four pence per gallon in May, 1968 and is now being further increased by the same amount, he will state if any of these increases went to the producer; and, if so, how much.

The authorisation of increases in the retail price of liquid milk is a function of the Minister for Industry and Commerce who, I understand, took into consideration the producer prices already in operation when authorising the increases referred to by the Deputy on the basis of the rise in processing and distribution costs.

Does the Minister think it fair that, while the wholesalers get an increase of 4d a gallon, the producers get nothing?

That has happened three or four times.

There is another increase about to come now. Is there any hope the producer will get an increase?

I gave the Deputy the answer to the question he asked and what has been asked by way of supplementary does not arise on that. So far as any projection as to what may happen in regard to any further increases is concerned, that is a matter for my colleague, the Minister for Industry and Commerce.

Would the Minister say when he will meet the Leinster milk producers to discuss prices?

That certainly does not arise on this question.

Would the Minister say he might meet them?