15 September 1998
UK pushes for an end to milk quotas

FARM MINISTER Nick Brown has said the UK will push for the phasing out of European Union milk quotas.

The UK is preparing a detailed proposal with Denmark, Sweden and Italy on the issue.

Early drafts are thought to recommend a 4% increase in milk quotas by 2006. The minister also wants a 30% reduction in support prices which subsidise farmers. Milk producers would be provided with direct payments as compensation.

If the initiative is successful, milk quotas would be abolished after 2006.