Delay in voluntary code for milk contracts unacceptable says Chair

23 July 2012

Anne McIntosh MP, Chair of the EFRA Committee, today writes to the Minister of Agriculture outlining the Committee's frustration at the ongoing failure of the Government and dairy industry to agree a voluntary code of conduct for milk contracts.



Commenting on the letter, Anne McIntosh MP said:

 "It is frustrating that for the last fourteen months the Government have been saying that a voluntary code is the best way forward for the dairy industry but have yet to secure an agreement on its content. In evidence to our Committee last week we heard firsthand how time is running out for many dairy farmers. We urge the Government to secure the voluntary code as a matter of priority. If it cannot then legislation must be considered."


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