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Over Thirty Month Scheme

Volume 405: debated on Tuesday 20 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations she has received about phasing in the over-thirty month scheme; and if she will make a statement. [114275]

I refer my hon. Friend to the Written Ministerial Statement on 9 April 2003, Official Report, column 19WS. Officials have held an initial meeting with core stakeholders on 28 April. Future market prospects for over thirty months beef and options for the future of the OTMS were discussed. It was agreed that additional work on market forecasts should be carried out. A further meeting is being arranged.