§ 13. Mr. F. Willey
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food whether he will make a statement on horticulture.
§ Mr. John Hare
As I have told the House, I am anxious to make a statement at the earliest possible moment on the principal recommendations of the Runciman Report, I regret that, owing to the complexity of these matters, and the need to take account of the views of a very large number of interested parties, I shall not be in a position to do so until after the Easter Recess. There will be no avoidable delay.
§ Mr. Willey
Is the Minister aware that I am much obliged to him for his statement, and that we appreciate that he is 828 new to his office and that this is a complicated question? May I ask him if he will regard this as a matter of urgent priority and see that a statement is made as soon as possible, and, if necessary, that legislation is introduced to implement it?
§ Mr. Hare
I do not want to repeat myself, but I can assure the hon. Gentleman that I am very concerned that a statement should be made as soon as possible. I have a lot of people to talk to—there are twenty-six local authorities to consult as well as traders. I shall try to speed up an announcement to the best of my ability.
§ Major Legge-Bourke
In addition to my right hon. Friend's decision about the Runciman Report, may I ask him whether he will give immediate and urgent attention to the very serious problem developing in the tomato section of the industry so far as Spanish imports are concerned?