§ Mr. Dean
Does not that increase show how unwise the Minister was in this year's Price Review? Would not he agree that the long-term trend of these imports is bound to be upwards because of increasing competition from other exporting countries? Will he give an assurance that, in next year's Price Review, he will give greater encouragement to the home producer to increase production?
§ Mr. Snow
Does my right hon. Friend consult the President of the Board of Trade on this matter? Some imports of butter and cheese come from countries such as New Zealand and Denmark which have persistently favourable balances of trade with us. To that extent, surely there should be greater encouragement of domestic production?
§ Mr. Peart
Of course, I consult my right hon. Friend the President of the Board of Trade, but we have treaty obligations and we must bear in mind our traditional suppliers. Obviously, I am anxious to increase home production. Here again, however, if I had increased production from the point of view of getting more milk for manufacturing, this would have reduced the price to the producer here and would have harmed the small farmer.
§ Mr. Brewis
In that case, when imports of butter and similar products are increased the price also increases and it costs the country much more.