HC Deb 16 December 1963 vol 686 cc143-4W
26 and 27. Mr. Biffen

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (1) to what extent the likely marketing of United Kingdom produced beef and the expected imports of beef from traditional suppliers over the next six months in relation to expected United Kingdom consumption will be affected by the import of beef and veal from France; and if he will make a statement;

(2) what is the policy of Her Majesty's Government on the price at which imported French meat will be sold in the United Kingdom.

Mr. Soames

As I informed my hon. Friend the Member for Newbury, (Sir A. Hurd) in a Written Answer on 13th December, the amount of beef to be imported from France on an experimental basis during the period to 31st March, 1964 will be up to 500 tons. I do not expect the marketing of home produced or other imported beef to be affected at all by this relatively small quantity. Arrangements for imports from all supplying countries after 1st April, 1964 are still under discussion. All imported meat is sold for what it will fetch on the market.