HC Deb 07 July 1965 vol 715 cc1562-3
5. Mr. Eldon Griffiths

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what plans he has for visiting the farming areas of West Suffolk.

The Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (Mr. Fred Peart)

I or my Parliamentary Secretaries are hoping to have visited every county agricultural executive committee and seen something of each county including West Suffolk by the end of the autumn.

Mr. Griffiths

Is the Minister aware that his Answer will be greeted with satisfaction in West Suffolk and that, although he ran into a boycott in East Suffolk, we are prepared to guarantee his safe conduct if he comes to West Suffolk? Will he face the fact that many farmers in West Suffolk are planning on the assumption of his Price Review costing a net reduction in income of £2 an acre and that if he comes to West Suffolk he will have to answer a very large number of questions?

Mr. Peart

I am always anxious to meet farmers, as I have repeatedly said. The Joint Parliamentary Secretary addressed the National Farmers' Union at Ipswich on 12th January this year. I am anxious to get round the country and I have done so. No one can say that I am afraid to meet farmers. If the hon. Member will give me the support he said he would give, I will welcome it.

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