HC Deb 26 June 1958 vol 590 c581
6. Sir I. Fraser

asked the President of the Board of Trade what reaction there has been to his proposals for a voluntary reduction of butter imports from Continental countries.

Sir D. Eccles

I would refer my hon. Friend to the Answer which I gave to a Question by my hon. Friend the Member for Newbury (Mr. Hurd) on 19th June.

Sir I. Fraser

Would not it be just as short for the right hon. Gentleman to tell me the Answer?

Sir D. Eccles

I regret to inform my hon. Friend that the Answer was very long—and when I gave it I apologised to the House for its length.

Mr. Snow

In view of the disquiet that has been occasioned by price increases following this arrangement, would not it be a good thing to inform the public that we are dependent on these Comonwealth markets for our major heavy exports, and that there is an element of reciprocity which at present a large body of the public does not fully appreciate?

Sir D. Eccles

I am very ready to look into that matter, but I thought that there had been a good deal of publicity about butter recently.

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