8 March 1996

Quota victims need cash help

ATTEMPTS to provide compensation for tenants who left the dairy industry during the two years between the EUs imposition of quotas in 1984 and the introduction of UK rules two years later, have been raised by MPs.

Sir Richard Body (Con, Holland with Boston) has tabled a motion calling on government to devise a scheme for making ex-gratia payments to the tenants involved.

The move has cross-party support with backing from Gwyneth Dunwoody (Lab, Crewe and Nantwich), Matthew Taylor (Lib Dem, Truro) and Sir James Spicer (Con, West Dorset).

Sir James said tenant dairy farmers were particularly disadvantaged because they could not benefit from the corresponding increase in land prices when the introduction of quotas was announced.

John Rennie, Tenant Farmers Association director general, said 80 tenant farmers had originally fought for compensation, though this number had declined over the years. &#42