§ 8. Mr. Strang
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will list the criteria which producer marketing organisations will have to comply with if Great Britain enters the European Economic Community.
§ Mr. Strang
Will the Government consider publishing a consultative document on the changes which they think should take place in our marketing arrangements, in order that we can have an open public discussion on this matter rather than just a series of meetings, which is envisaged in this year's Price Review?
§ Mr. Prior
I shall consider what the hon. Gentleman says. It would be very difficult to frame an open consultative document along the lines he suggests, but this is a very important matter. It is still a little too early to say which general course we can take, because the EEC has not yet made up its mind. But I will consider what the hon. Gentleman has said in a few weeks' time when we perhaps know a little more about what is in its mind.
§ Mr. Deakins
Will the right hon. Gentleman assure the House that the pooling of transport costs, which is very important in the operation of the Milk Marketing Board, has been approved by the EEC authorities, and that there is no danger of that marketing board or any others being asked to change its ways to the detriment of the interests of producers remote from the market?
§ Mr. Prior
I should like to reassure myself on that question, but I have no reason to think that we shall have to abide by any particular rules of the Common Market in this respect, because I think they are purely voluntary rules which each country can choose for itself. But I will check and let the hon. Gentleman know.