HC Deb 15 February 1979 vol 962 cc607-8W
Mr. Cledwyn Hughes

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will indicate his policy in connection with the current proposal to increase the co-responsibility levy on milk: and if he will make a statement.

Mr. John Silkin

I regard direct action to cut support prices as being the most effective way of achieving a balanced market in the EEC milk sector, and I have still to be persuaded that a co-responsibility levy of the sort proposed is the correct approach. In any event, the exemptions proposed would discriminate against our own larger, more efficient producers, and are not acceptable.