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Milk: Prices

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 3 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many times officials from his Department have met representatives from the UK dairy industry to discuss (a) milk pricing and (b) milk production in the last 24 months. (251947)

[holding answer 27 January 2009]: DEFRA officials meet representatives from the UK dairy industry on a regular basis to discuss a wide range of issues relating to the sector. However, discussions do not cover milk pricing. The setting of milk prices is a commercial matter to be resolved by private negotiation which must take place within the parameters set by competition law.