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Milk Quotas

Volume 87: debated on Friday 29 November 1985

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will list the quotas on milk production in each European Economic Community country; what quota has been allocated to Spain and Portugal; what is his estimate of total demand in 1986: and what effect the quota allocated to Spain and Portugal will have on excess supply in the European Community in 1986.

The total quota allocated to each member state for 1985–86 is shown in the table below. Spain has been allocated a quota of 5·4 million tonnes. No quota has yet been allocated to Portugal.The Commission estimates consumption in the present 10 member states at about 85 million tonnes in 1986. The accession of Spain and Portugal is not expected to have a significant effect on the Community's overall milk surplus; Spain is broadly self sufficient' in some of the main dairy products and a net importer in others; Portugal is a net importer in most of these products.

1985–86 milk quotas for each EC member state
('000 tonnes) Total wholesale and direct sales quota
United Kingdom* 15,790
*Including following quantities from Community reserves:
'000 tonnes
United Kingdom65