HC Deb 17 March 1995 vol 256 cc775-6W
Mr. Steen

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what representations the Ministry has made to the European Commission on the fiche d'impact produced in relation to Council directive 94/71/EC regarding natural milk, heat-treated milk and milk-based products.

Mr. Jack

The Commission did not produce a fiche d'impact in respect of directive 94/71 which amends and relaxes certain requirements of the milk hygiene directive—92/46. During the negotiations on directive 94/71, the Government pressed successfully for the easing of requirements in respect of somatic cell counts which would have imposed a heavy burden on the UK dairy industry.

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