§ 6. Mr. Peter Mills
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food whether he will make a statement on the steps he proposes to take to ensure that bacon factories have the necessary pigs to maintain the quota of the Bacon Agreement.
§ The Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (Mr. Fred Peart)
The supply of pigs is a matter for the Annual Review and I am unable to make any statement bearing on this at the present time.
§ Mr. Mills
Will the Minister now state the real reason why we failed to take up our quota? Will he not agree with me that this is entirely due to the unrealistic price that farmers are getting for their bacon pigs? Will he, in the coming Annual Review, look into the whole matter of pigs, bacon and pork production?
§ Mr. Soames
Apart from the Annual Review, the right hon. Gentleman recently had some talks with other parties to the Bacon Agreement. I should like to know whether, in those talks, he pressed for an increase in the British quota within the Bacon Agreement and, if so, for what sort of increase did he press?
§ Mr. Soames
I am sorry, but, with great respect, this is very much to do with the Question—the necessity to maintain the quota of the Bacon Agreement. The right hon. Gentleman has had these talks, about which we have heard very little, with other parties to the Agreement. Did he press for an increased quota for the coming year?