§ Mr. Simon Coombs
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what research is being undertaken, or is proposed to be undertaken by his Department into alternative uses for excess butter fat.
§ Mr. Curry
My Department does not undertake any such research and has no plans to do so. However, European Community funds for market research into dairy products are available to industry from the milk co-responsibility levy receipts and, in 1988–89, some £849,000 was allocated for this purpose. Of this, about £186,000 was earmarked for research projects concerned with the use of cream in products other than butter and another £186,000 for market research into certain cheeses.