HC Deb 11 May 1971 vol 817 cc194-5
29. Sir J. Langford-Holt

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what progress he has now made in his consultations with all the interests concerned prior to his amendment of the Regulations on Tractor Safety Cabs; and when he proposes to lay the amended regulations.

Mr. Anthony Stodart

My right hon. Friends cannot take the matter to completion until they have received and considered the views of the organisations consulted under the statutory procedure which I described to my hon. Friend on 20th April.—[Vol. 815, c. 364,]

Sir J. Langford-Holt

Will my hon. Friend bear in mind that every week that these consultations go on, manufacturers are using the wording of the present regulations to hold the farming industry to ransom? Is he aware that this is causing a great deal of resentment and that the sooner it is brought to an end the better?

Mr. Stodart

I cannot go beyond what I have said. A reasonable time for consultations must be given.

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