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Dairy Farming Bill 2010-12

Type of Bill:
Private Members' Bill (under the Ten Minute Rule, SO No 23)
Stephen Phillips

Progress of the Bill

Bill started in the House of Commons

  1. House of Commons
    1. 1st reading
    2. 2nd reading
    3. Committee stage
    4. Report stage
    5. 3rd reading
  2. House of Lords
    1. 1st reading
    2. 2nd reading
    3. Committee stage
    4. Report stage
    5. 3rd reading
  3. Consideration of Amendments
  4. Royal Assent

Last event

  • 2nd reading: House of Commons 2nd reading: House of Commons | 09.09.2011

Latest Bill

House Bill Date
Commons Bill 131 2010-12 (as introduced) | PDF version 20.05.2011

Latest news on the Bill

The Bill was not moved for debate on 9 September 2011. The order to read the Bill a second time lapsed. There is no indication when the Bill will progress further.

This Bill was introduced to Parliament on 12 January 2011 under the Ten Minute Rule. This allows an MP to make his or her case for a new bill in a speech lasting up to ten minutes. An opposing speech may also be made before the House decides whether or not the bill should be introduced. If the MP is successful the bill is taken to have had its first reading.

This Bill is a Private Member’s Bill. These are often not printed until close to the second reading debate. If the text is not yet available here and you wish to know more about this bill, please contact its sponsor, Stephen Phillips.

Summary of the Bill

The Bill contains three main provisions.

  • It would establish an advisory minimum price to be paid to dairy farmers for milk production, unless this minimum price was made mandatory by an order of the Secretary of State. The terms of such an order would require the price to be reviewed at least every six months, and would ensure that the price paid exceeded the cost of milk production by a typical dairy farmer by at least 30%.
  • It would introduce a 'Fair Milk Mark' system, to indicate which milk or milk products had been produced from milk for which the minimum price had been paid. Packaging for products not bearing this designation and not originating from the EU would be required to specify their country of origin.
  • It would provide for a compulsory minimum separation zone of five miles between intensive dairy farming operations and the closest residential settlement (defined as five or more dwellings within one mile of each other). This provision would not be retrospective in its effect.

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