§ Mr. Critchley
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will take steps to widen the scope of the bacon agreement to include pig products; and if he will make a statement on the effect of pig product imports on the stability of the United Kingdom bacon producers' market.
§ Mr. Scott-Hopkins
The bacon understanding already provides that participating countries will not market other forms of pigmeat in such a way as to imperil its aims. As these countries send most of the British market's supplies of other pigmeat products, there is no immediate need to consider extending the scope of the understanding. There is no evidence at present that imports of other pigmeat products are affecting the stability of the bacon market.