HC Deb 06 January 2003 vol 397 cc20-1W
Andrew George

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the effect of the European Court of Justice ruling relating to non-producing milk quotas on UK milk quota holders. [88146]

Mr. Morley

The effect of the Thomsen European Court of Justice judgment is now clear in that it means non-producing quota holders will no longer be able to lease out their milk quota indefinitely, which will mean that they will have to sell it, resume production, or otherwise face its confiscation. We have been discussing with the European Commission how, and to what timescale, we take forward implementation of this new interpretation in the UK and will make an announcement on next steps as soon as possible.