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Volume 116: debated on Wednesday 13 May 1987

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food why the Council of Ministers approved the extension of regulation 1341/86 to enable intervention butter to be transferred from Germany to Italy; and if the Council was informed regarding the purpose for which such butter was to be used.

[pursuant to his reply, 12 May 1987]: Regulation 1341/86 which was agreed as part of last year's agricultural price fixing, provides for the transfer of 20,000 tonnes of intervention butter from Germany to Italy. Its purpose is to facilitate the disposal of stocks by enabling Italian consumers and food manufacturers to benefit from measures such as regulations 3143/86 (concentrated butter for cooking) and 262/79 (reduced price butter for food manufacture).It was originally envisaged that the transfer would be completed by 1 April 1987. But since this did not prove possible in practice the Council agreed to extend the time limit by one year.