HC Deb 22 October 1987 vol 120 c913
12. Mr. Michael Brown

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he has any plans to exempt farmers who grow oats from paying the co-responsibilty levy.

Mr. Donald Thompson

Community rules require co-responsibility levy to be paid on oats. We shall ensure that the case for exempting oats is fully considered in the forthcoming review.

Mr. Brown

I thank my hon. Friend for that helpful reply. Will he tell the House whether oats are currently in surplus?

Mr. Thompson

Supply and demand for oats are broadly in balance. There would seem to be scope for growing more high-quality milling oats in this country.

Mr. Tony Banks

Does the Minister recall the advertising slogan that was used by the Scottish Co-op: Mrs. McCrindle gets her oats at the Co-op"? Where does the Minister get his oats?

Mr. Thompson

I know that Scotsmen in the House had enough oats yesterday to keep us up until early this morning. I hope that they have fewer oats next week.

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