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Dairy Industry

Volume 113: debated on Monday 30 March 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for Wales what is his estimate of the number of jobs which will be lost (a) directly and (b) indirectly, in the dairy industry in Wales, as a result of the recently announced cutbacks.

I have made no such estimates. The effects of the milk quota cutbacks will differ from farm to farm according lo the decisions taken by individual farmers. As far as the manufacturing sector is concerned, the extent of possible redundancies will depend on a variety of factors, including the industry's response to changes in the market.