HC Deb 19 January 1971 vol 809 cc698-9
5. Mr. Eadie

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he intends to publish an explanatory leaflet setting out the effect of import levies on food this year so far as the consumer is concerned.

Mr. Prior

No, Sir. I would refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave to the hon. Member for West Ham, North (Mr. Arthur Lewis) on 7th December.—[Vol. 808, c. 39–40.]

Mr. Eadie

Does the hon. Gentleman not think that consumers are entitled to know what price increases will confront them when the Government begin to operate the policies of the Common Market countries? Does not he think that consumers are entitled to know what this means for them in the shape of increased prices?

Mr. Prior

Yes, consumers are entitled to know what the increase would be both under the levy system when it comes in and under the Common Market system. At the right time and in the right way I will give that information. If the hon. Gentleman will do me the courtesy of reading the Question tabled by his hon. Friend the Member for West Ham, North, he will find the answer there.

Mr. Cledwyn Hughes

The right hon. Gentleman referred to negotiations on levies which have been going on for some months. When does he propose to make a statement about them?

Mr. Prior

As soon as the negotiations are completed.