HC Deb 08 July 1955 vol 543 cc127-8W
Mr. J. E. B. Hill

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what the present position is on the draft Peas Marketing Scheme.

Mr. Amory

This Scheme was submitted to the Secretary of State for Scotland and the Minister of Agriculture in 1950. A number of objections were made to it and a public inquiry was held. After considering very carefully the arguments on the Scheme, the objections made to it, the possibilities of modifying it, and the report of the Commissioner who held the inquiry, my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Scotland and I have not felt able to recommend this particular Scheme to Parliament. We understand that the promoters are considering the submission of a new scheme which they hope shortly to discuss with the trade interests concerned. My right hon. Friend and I hope that this will result in the submission of an acceptable scheme.