HC Deb 19 December 1957 vol 580 cc604-5
55. Mr. Moss

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food whether he will consider favourably the proposal for buffer stocks, mentioned in the Food and Agriculture Organisation's Report of June, 1956, as part of a global mechanism to help stabilise primary commodity prices.

Mr. Godber

The report in question analysed the possible uses of buffer stocks for this purpose, but made no definite proposals.

Mr. Moss

Can the Parliamentary Secretary say whether he regards the stabilisation of prices of primary commodities, particularly foodstuffs, as desirable; and what steps is he taking to secure that end?

Mr. Godber

The Government are interested in getting prices stabilised and perfectly willing to discuss that with other countries concerned, but we think that it has to be done on an individual commodity basis.

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