Written Answers. - Milk Quota.

Michael Creed

Ceist:

219 Mr. Creed asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and Rural Development the most recent meeting he has had with representatives of the Milk Rights Group; the proposals he has to resolve their ongoing grievance; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [27581/01]

I have met this group in the past and officials of my Department met them on a number of occasions, the last being early this summer.

I have indicated earlier that, notwithstanding the fact that there was no legal obligation on me to do so, I would see what could be done for cer tain categories of development farmers in the context of the permanent allocation of the remaining quota available under Agenda 2000.
My Department has been involved in legal consultations to establish the options that are open to me and complex issues had to be addressed in that context. These consultations are now almost concluded and I expect to be in a position to announce a decision on this matter over the coming weeks.