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Outgoers Scheme

Volume 76: debated on Wednesday 3 April 1985

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will make a statement on progress made on the outgoers scheme for dairy farmers.

[pursuant to his reply, 14 March 1985, c. 266]: A total of 224 million litres of milk quota is available under the outgoers scheme. A further 94 producers, each with over 725,000 litres of quota who in February reaffirmed their interest, have now been invited to join.These producers will be expected to return their claim forms within one week and to cease milk sales within three weeks but any who experience difficulties in stopping sales within this period may be allowed some extra time, individual circumstances being taken into account.Any producer in this position should contact his local divisional office.A total of 1,451 producers have now joined the outgoers scheme in our progress towards meeting the 289 million litre target.