HC Deb 10 December 1992 vol 215 cc752-3W
Mr. Heald

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what measures his Department proposes to implement EC requirements concerning standardised milk and milk imports.

Mr. Curry

Following consultation with interested parties, the Government have today laid before Parliament regulations that will permit the production and sale of both standardised milk in England and Wales. Similar regulations are being made in Scotland and Northern Ireland. The Milk and Dairies (Standardisation and Importation) Regulations 1992, which will come into force on 1 January 1993, also implement single market measures relating to intra-Community trade in milk. They will remove the present requirement for checks to be made at the port of entry for milk entering England and Wales from other member states and will allow such imports of raw and thermised milk provided they are heat treated before they are sold to consumers. Regulations to amend the milk marketing schemes in Great Britain to put standardised milk within the milk marketing board's monopoly buying powers have also been laid.