Milk: Prices

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 5th February 2015.

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Photo of Lord Hylton Lord Hylton Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord De Mauley on 22 January (HL4173), how they assess the success of French milk co-operatives in sustaining prices for procedures as compared with that of English co-operatives since the end of the Milk Marketing Board.

Photo of Lord de Mauley Lord de Mauley The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The Government supports co-operation in the dairy sector through the development of co-operatives and Producer Organisations (POs). In January 2014 we commissioned a study looking at the critical success factors behind dairy co-operatives working across Europe, including France. The study showed that collaboration has an important role to play in establishing mutual beneficial relationships between all parties across the supply chain. For this reason we have facilitated the uptake of POs in this country. The report is available at www.rannd.defra.gov.uk.

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