HC Deb 02 March 1971 vol 812 cc1368-9
2. Mr. Eadie

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what advisory services he operates to assist in farm amalgamations.

Mr. Anthony Stodart

Advice is given by staff of the Agricultural Development and Advisory Service as part of their normal duties.

Mr. Eadie

Has the Minister any information that our application to join the E.E.C. has had any undue influence on farm amalgamations?

Mr. Stodart

I do not think that the application has had any effect upon the rate of amalgamation. My right hon. Friend is reviewing the whole policy on amalgamations to see whether we can make it more effective.