§ Mr. Harvey
asked the Secretary of State for Wales what action he proposes to safeguard the interests of Welsh milk producers, in view of the non-compliance in the milk quota scheme by other European Economic Community member states.256W
§ Mr. Nicholas Edwards
The Government have made it very clear that the supplementary levy arrangements must be applied properly by all member states. We are not prepared to see our producers disadvantaged compared with others. We are keeping a close watch on measures introduced by other member states and carefully monitoring available statistics. We are also maintaining pressure on the Commission on these points, since it has the authority to require member states to implement arrangements properly and to take any necessary action, and will certainly bring to its attention any evidence of failure to comply with the rules.