HC Deb 18 February 1963 vol 672 cc11-2
19. Mr. Peart

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if, in the proposed discussions on the future of British agriculture, import control will be considered.

Mr. Soames

Our policy on imports and our overseas trading arrangements are certainly relevant to a review of our system of agricultural support.

Mr. Peart

Is the Minister aware that this is one of the key issues concerning our deficiency payment system and support policy? Will he give it high priority?

Mr. Soames

As I have said, this is an integral part of our arrangements.

Mr. Paget

Will the Minister also consider the proposals of the Lucas Committee, which seem to me to be particularly appropriate in the present context?

Mr. Soames

There is to be a wide range of considerations.

Mr. Mawby

Is my right hon. Friend aware that we must have a sensible import policy and that if we do not our deficiency payments will be that much higher, thus raising other problems?