§ 25. Mr. Boswell
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what is his current information as to the level of compliance with milk quota regulations in other European Community member states; how this compares with the United Kingdom; and whether he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Donald Thompson
The recent report by the European Community's Court of Auditors, while drawing attention to a number of shortcomings, indicated that in general most member states are complying with the regulations. I know that the Commission takes very seriously its obligation to pursue suspected infringements; they have, for example, recently undertaken a successful action in the European Court against Italy's failure to implement quota regulations.