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Volume 990: debated on Thursday 7 August 1980

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will make a statement about sales of untreated milk through dealers.

Since my statement of 7 March, I have received a number of representations on this issue. Sales of farm-bottled untreated milk by distributors will be allowed to continue and new licensing arrangements will be introduced on 1 January 1981. The new distributor's licence will enable distributors to sell the milk only of a specified producer named in the licence. Distributors will be able to obtain milk from more than one producer but each producer will need to be specified in the licence. Sales of untreated milk by dealers who obtain their supplies in bulk will not be permitted after 31 December 1980.