HC Deb 22 January 1969 vol 776 cc478-9
36. Mr. Alasdair Mackenzie

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will consider introducing a quality grading system for British-grown onions.

Mr. Hoy

My right hon. Friend will certainly keep this in mind when considering what further commodities should become subject to statutory grading.

Mr. Mackenzie

Since it is clear that only a minority of home producers are able to compete with imported produce, would it not be an incentive to home growers if they were given greater assistance so that they could compete?

Mr. Hoy

I sympathise with the hon. Gentleman. We will not forget what he says. However, we are trying to make a success of the present statutory grading schemes which brought in apples and pears in 1967 and cucumbers and cauliflowers last year. In looking to the future, however, we shall not overlook his point.