§ 43. Mrs. Renée Short
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what effect he expects the projected enlargement of the EEC to have on the position of the United Kingdom within the Community.
§ Mrs. Short
But is my hon. Friend aware that he is completely misreading the strength of feeling in the House and the country about the economic burdens that we are already facing because we are in the Common Market? Is he aware that the Germans receive £11 per head from the Common Market funds and that Denmark receives £107 per head? Does he not consider that the renegotiation of our membership terms should be carried out before the mediaeval agricultural countries of Greece, Spain and Portugal are accepted into the Common Market? It will be too late afterwards.
§ Mr. Judd
My right hon. Friend the Minister of Agriculture has made it plain that we shall stand resolutely against any further price increases which would lead to still more wasteful surpluses this year. He is making that stand, of course, in the centre of the most expensive element of the common budget—the one that leads to this heavy burden on the British people. I hope that we can have the united support of the House for what he is trying to do.
§ 45. Mr. Arnold
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what further progress has been made towards enlargement of the EEC; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Arnold
But what specific obstacles does the Minister now see standing in the way of the successful completion of these negotiations? Can he say more about the kind of changes he would like to see in the common agricultural policy in order to assist the process of enlargement?
§ Mr. Judd
Britain has been in the vanguard of those arguing for Spanish accession. As for reform of the CAP, which we do not see tied to the issue of enlargement, our priorities are to eliminate costly surpluses and the financial burden that they place on the British people, to get fairer access for reasonable competitive foodstuffs from third countries and to ensure, as I have repeatedly told the House and as my right hon. Friend is already achieving, a fairer deal for the consumer as weighed against the interests of the producer in the life of the Community.
§ Mr. Madden
Is damage to the British textile industry one of the economic factors that the Minister expects to flow from any enlargement of the Common Market?