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Volume 76: debated on Monday 1 April 1985

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how many days from receipt by milk producers of his most recent offer to them to participate in the outgoers scheme he has allowed for (a) acceptance and (b) for ceasing to produce.

Since 25 March, 187 producers with over 500,000 litres of quota have been invited to join the scheme. All of these had been told during February that if they were invited to join they would be required to stop production within three weeks. On this basis, they had indicated that they still wished to join the scheme. They have therefore now been asked to return their claim forms within one week and to cease milk sales within three weeks.