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Milk And Dairy Inspections

Volume 171: debated on Friday 4 May 1990

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To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will publish the amount charged for milk and dairy hygienic inspections for each year from 1979 to the present; how many inspections were carried out during the same time period; and if he will make a statement.

Charges for inspection and sampling visits to farms to enforce milk and dairies regulations were introduced on 30 March 1987. Levels of charge since then have been as follows:

30 March 1987 to 31 March 1989From 1 April 1989
1. Routine dairy husbandry inspection visit
(a) higher rate£90£78
(b) lower rate£80£60
First follow-up visit
Second and subsequent follow-up visits
(a) higher rate£78
(b) lower rate£60
2. Routine sampling visit£22£26
Follow-up visit
Numbers of routine and follow-up inspection and sampling visits to farms in England and Wales over the same period were as follows:
1. Dairy husbandry inspection visits24,13118,33519,641
2. Sampling visits8,3797,4426,899
My officials are currently consulting interested parties about proposals to increase charges.