HC Deb 26 November 1959 vol 614 cc547-8
26. Mr. du Cann

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food why he permits pigmeat to be imported into the United Kingdom from Holland, Hungary, and Poland.

Mr. John Hare

In accordance with our international obligations and general trade policy, the Government have removed restrictions from nearly all commodities, including pigmeat, imported from Western Europe. Imports of pigmeat from the Soviet bloc are only permitted within quotas.

Mr. du Cann

Is it not right, nevertheless, that the proportion of foreign-produced bacon consumed in this country is increasing very rapidly? Would it not be right to review the situation? Could I ask my right hon. Friend to look at the situation as it stands at the moment? Will not he arrange that confidence is restored to the home producers by making it perfectly clear that he will not hesitate to control these imports if he thinks it necessary?

Mr. Hare

That is a different question, and obviously comes into the general review which I am now making of the pig industry.