HC Deb 05 July 1966 vol 731 c52W
Mr. Ron Lewis

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, in view of the facts that the reduction in pig guarantee payments in the first quarter of this fatstock year will result in an overestimate lower than that contained in the Annual Price Review, that marketings of pigs in the remaining three quarters of the year are expected to be lower, and that the nett cost of pig meat to processors has increased, whether he is satisfied that sufficient home bacon will be produced to meet the agreed quota tinder the International Bacon Market Sharing Understanding for 1966–67; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Hoy

I accept that pig supplies in the current fatstock year will fall below last year's level, and that the cost of pigs to processors is likely to be higher, but I cannot yet say what the effect may be on the amount of bacon produced over the year as a whole.