HC Deb 14 February 1985 vol 73 c475
14. Mr. Hicks

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food whether he has submitted to the European Economic Community Commission any proposals to introduce greater flexibility into the milk quota scheme; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Jopling

As a result of our repeated pressure the Commission has now made proposals designed to provide greater flexibility between wholesale and direct sale quotas. I shall be pressing for the urgent adoption of these necessary measures.

Mr. Hicks

I welcome my right hon. Friend's efforts in this direction. Is he aware that many producer retailers find themselves in a ludicrous position and look to my right hon. Friend to improve the situation as quickly as possible?

Mr. Jopling

I am grateful to my hon. Friend for his comment. We have been pressing for this since last summer and I am very glad that the new Commissioner, almost within the first week of his duties in Brussels, has put forward proposals to make these necessary changes.