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Dairy Farmers (Levy)

Volume 982: debated on Thursday 17 April 1980

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42.

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what proportion of British dairy farmers would be liable to pay the levy desired by certain other member States of the European Economic Community; and how that proportion compares with the position in the rest of the Community.

I assume the hon. Member has in mind the EEC Commission's proposal for a continuation for a further period—but at an increased rate and with new exemptions—of the co-responsibility levy paid by milk producers. The Commission has estimated that the following proportions of milk delivered to dairies in the various member States would be subject to such a levy:—

Per cent.
Denmark100
Netherlands100
United Kingdom96
Belgium87
Germany73
Italy71
France69
Ireland60
Luxembourg34