HC Deb 13 April 1964 vol 693 c13W
70. Mr. Kelley

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, in view of the fact that steps have been taken to restrict the supplies of beef entering this country from overseas, what steps have been taken to control the shipment of beef cattle overseas from the United Kingdom.

Mr. Soames

Last year's agreement with Argentina, covering the period to 31st March, 1964, did not result in restrictions as shipments fell short of the quantities specified. There are thus no quantitative restrictions on the imports of beef, except from certain Eastenbloc countries, nor have any restrictions been placed on the trade's freedom to export. The current shortage of imported beef is due to difficulties in the exporting countries and increased demand from other importing countries for the supplies available.

Mr. A. Lewis

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food why, in view of the high level of supplies of home-killed beef, the price of this type of beef has risen; why wholesale prices have risen; and to what extent the