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Milk Quotas

Volume 173: debated on Thursday 24 May 1990

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To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will introduce a scheme to enable young farmers to lease milk quota allocation from the Government.

As the Minister said in his reply to my hon. Friend the Member for Torridge and Devon, West (Miss Nicholson) on 2 April at column 447, we had hoped to introduce a scheme to loan milk quota to new entrants, but the Commission ruled that there is at present no basis in Community law for such a scheme. It was unwilling to propose the necessary changes at this time but may be prepared to consider the possibility of helping young farmers in this way in the context of the general review of the quota system due next year. We shall be pressing it to do so.