HC Deb 01 December 1967 vol 755 cc204-5W
Mr. Mackintosh

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food whether in view of the Government's policy of requiring agriculture to play a special rôle in replacing imports, the limitations placed under the standard quantity system upon the quantity of agricultural output qualifying for subsidy will be removed; what it is estimated the cost of such a change of policy would be in the forthcoming year; and what effect such a change would have on output.

Mr. Peart

The Government's consideration of the implications for agriculture of the new situation of course includes an examination of standard quantity and equivalent arrangements. It is not practicable to estimate the effect on output and cost to the Exchequer in the financial year 1968–69 of abolishing such arrangements.