§ Mr. Prior
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that reports emanating from Copenhagen suggest that, despite the demand by British producers for a bigger share 1270 of the market, no such arrangement has been reached? Is he aware further that the reason given for this is that we do not wish to upset Denmark in view of the calamitous treatment of Denmark and other E.F.T.A. countries in the last few days?
§ Mr. Soames
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that there was provision in the Anglo-Danish Bacon Agreement for the negotiation of an increased share for British producers of the bacon market, to be reviewed annually? Does he intend to seek an increased share for the coming year?
§ Mr. Peart
So far I have not taken a decision. The negotiations are still going on. The right hon. Gentleman and his hon. Friend, the former Joint Parliamentary Secretary, are adult and mature enough to know that it is a continuation of the policy carried on by the previous Administration. We are bound to have talks with the Danes—these talks are still proceeding—and not only with the Danes but other suppliers. When I have had some details from my own negotiators I will make up my mind, make a decision, and make an announcement.
§ Mr. Soames
Are we to understand from the right hon. Gentleman that he is actually in the process of negotiating the level of the British producers' share of the bacon market for the next year? If that is so, though I agree that he would not like to give away the details of what he is seeking to get, is he in fact seeking an increase in the British share?