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Dairy Farmers of Britain

Volume 494: debated on Wednesday 17 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what assessment he has made of the effect of the collapse of Dairy Farmers of Britain on (a) North Yorkshire and (b) English dairy farmers; (279826)

(2) whether he plans to bring forward measures to assist former suppliers of Dairy Farmers of Britain bring their milk to market.

Ministers and officials have been in discussion with senior dairy industry leaders. Officials remain in close contact with the receivers (PWC) to ensure minimal disruption throughout the dairy supply chain, including the effect on the sector as a whole.