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Volume 115: debated on Thursday 7 May 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he has plans to seek to have the co-responsibility levy on milk production reduced or abolished; and if he will make a statement.

No. Within the latest round of price-fixing negotiations the Commission propose no change in levels of co-responsibility levy. Although the United Kingdom has been opposed to the levy on principle its continuation is considered acceptable until such times as levels of dairy produce in intervention stocks fall to a more realistic level.