§ Mr. Gummer
The information requested is not available. The Commission of the European Community is responsible for monitoring such national subsidies and ensuring that they are compatible with the treaty of Rome.
§ Mrs. Ann Winterton
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what information he has concerning the average level of financial support per cow in each of the other European Economic Community countries.
§ Mr. Gummer
[pursuant to his reply. 10 March 1987, c. 146]: Member states' shares of Community expenditure in the milk sector in 1985, on a per cow basis, are set out in the following table. These do not, however, give any indication of the relative levels of total support enjoyed by dairy farmers in different member states arising from the operation of the Community price support arrangements for milk. The variations in Community expenditure result from differences in the patterns of production, marketing and consumption of milk and milk products and in the technical support arrangements operated by individual member states — for example, some member states do not implement certain support measures, while others are reimbursed for intervention purchases or receive export refunds in respect of products produced elsewhere and transhipped.
ECU/Cow Belgium 271 Denmark 424 France 196 Germany 297 Greece 37 Ireland 312 Italy 48 Luxembourg 59 Netherlands 539
Source: EC Commission Milk Marketing Board.612W