§ 32. Mr. Crawford
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food when he next intends to meet his EEC colleagues.
§ Mr. Moate
Does the right hon. Gentleman recall that the commitment to New Zealand on dairy imports was a fundamental part of the Government's renegotiation? Will he confirm that he 1660 regards the agreement as being absolutely binding on both Britain and its Community partners, and that at the next meeting there will be no going back on commitments already given?
§ Mr. Peart
I can assure the hon. Member that, as I have frequently said in the Community, we believe that what was agreed at the Dublin summit in relation to New Zealand's access to the market here was a solemn pledge given by the whole Community—[Interruption.] The hon. Member for Banbury (Mr. Marten) should not make remarks from a seated position. He should get up and ask me questions directly. I can assure the House that we shall fight hard for New Zealand.
§ Mr. Corbett
In view of my right hon. Friend's commitment to the Government's policy to seek fundamental changes in the CAP, will he consider, next time he meets the Agriculture Ministers, trying to persuade them to chuck the whole thing in and call a moratorium until they can devise a more sensible policy which is fair to producers and consumers?
§ Mr. Peart
My hon. Friend, who carefully watches the agricultural scene, must recognise that his suggestion is completely unrealistic. We are committed to and are determined to improve the CAP as part of the ongoing business in the Community. I want liberalisation of trade and access for New Zealand. I got a variable premium system for the beef industry which was like our own deficiency payments system, and I have pressed hard to dispose of surplus production into the developing countries for food aid. We have done that and the British presence has been felt.
§ Mr. Geraint Howells
Does the right hon. Gentleman agree that if the CAP is to succeed in the next five or 10 years we must abolish the green pound?
§ Miss Boothroyd
Is my right hon. Friend aware that consumers make up 100 per cent. of the Community and that they have no voice to speak directly for them in Brussels? Will he press for a commissioner of consumer affairs to be appointed to look after their interests and to redress the imbalance within the CAP?
§ Mr. Jopling
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that one of the most important things he can do when he next meets the Community Ministers of Agriculture is to impress upon them that it is absolutely vital for the benefit both of producers and of consumers in this country that our existing marketing boards should be allowed to continue working in the way they are at the moment?