HC Deb 07 November 1960 vol 629 cc635-6
21. Mr. Farr

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will take early action to implement the recommendations of the Engholm Committee on Plant Breeders' Rights.

Mr. Soames

The organisations representing interests affected by this Report have been invited to submit their views. These will need to be considered before decisions on the Committee's recommendations can be taken.

Mr. Farr

Is my hon. Friend aware that there is already a tendency for some plant breeders and seed breeders to withhold new varieties from the market until they can avail themselves of the benefits of legislation when it is introduced?

Mr. Soames

I have that possibility in mind and I am anxious to get on with it as soon as possible, but I think that it is right to take into account the views of all interests concerned.