§ 34. Mr. Onslow
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what steps he is taking, by legislation or otherwise, to encourage horticultural production, with particular reference to products for export.
§ 59. Mr. John Wells
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what steps he is taking to promote horticultural exports.
§ Mr. Peart
My Department's activities for the benefit of horticultural production include the work of the advisory services and the grants under the Horticulture Improvement Scheme, the scope of which was extended in July this year. Horticultural exports can qualify for the various measures of Government assistance for exporters generally. They will also come within the scope of the British Agricultural Export Council which, with my help 453 and encouragement, was set up earlier this year by industries connected with agriculture.
§ Mr. Onslow
That all sounds very fine, but is the right hon. Gentleman aware that cuttings are an important horticultural export and that a leading grower of chrysanthemums in my constituency has transferred the whole of his business to the United States because of the policies of this Government?
§ Mr. Wells
Will the Minister take specific steps to encourage exporters to get through the barriers of health regulations in foreign countries? Second, will his inspectors who have to inspect stocks and then give certificates make sure that they give the certificates in correct form, without slipping up, and, where they do slip up, will the right hon. Gentleman take steps to see that his Department is prepared to pay compensation to the growers who lose?