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Volume 940: debated on Monday 28 November 1977

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food why, in the light of the views expressed by the National Farmers' Union and the Milk Marketing Board that risks to human health from the sale of untreated milk from brucellosis accredited herds are minimal, he is pressing forward with the ban on the sale of untreated milk from 1980.

I am aware of the opinions that have been expressed by the union and the board. On the other hand, medical and public health interests have expressed concern about the risks to consumers of contracting salmonellosis or other milk-borne diseases through drink-

Latest estimate of outturn 1977–78† £ millionActual outturn 1976–77 £ million
Total I3·8-1·4
Temporary pig subsidy10·66·3
Milk non-marketing premiums12·0
Dairy herd conversion scheme5·74·4
Guidance premiums for beef and sheepmeat7·82·2
Beef cows3·210·5
Farm and Horticulture Development Scheme and farm accounts grants18·03·7
Farm structure1·31·4
Farm capital grant scheme61·661·6
Co-operation grants1·00·8
Grants for horticulture (national schemes)2·82·6
Hill livestock compensatory allowances‡50·482·7
Brucellosis eradication incentives12·017·2
Total II211·9225·7
Grand Total215·7224·3
* Expenditure under the milk guarantee arrangements is estimated at £227·6 million in 1976–77 and £134·4 million in 1977–78. This expenditure is attributed to food subsidies.
† Some of this expenditure attracts contributions from the European Guidance and Guarantee Fund. These are mainly received in the following year. In 1977–78, £29·3 million is expected to be received from the Fund as compared with £11·6 million in 1976–77.
‡ Some unavoidable delay in payments of hill livestock compensatory allowances in 1975–76 resulted in a carry-over of £16·4 million into 1976–77.

ing untreatetd milk. As I told the hon. Member in the reply which I gave him on 26th October 1977.—[Vol. 936, c. 837–8]—all the interests concerned will be given a further opportunity to state their views before any regulations are prepared.