14 July 1995

Quota hope for new entrants

GOVERNMENT will consider proposals for a milk quota scheme for new entrants, farm minister Douglas Hogg told the House of Commons.

Answering questions from MPs the day after his appointment as minister, Mr Hogg said he was "conscious of the fact that the price of milk quota increased substantially last year.

"I know, too, that there is concern about new entrants, and if there are sustainable proposals for addressing that question we shall certainly consider them."

Another new member of the agriculture team, Tony Baldry, reaffirmed commitment to "a market-CAP not dependent on distorting subsidies".

"That would enable the efficient farmers to flourish at the expense of the inefficient," he said. "Where particular rural areas need special treatment for social reasons, those reasons should be addressed by appropriate social policies, not farm policy."