HC Deb 01 February 1967 vol 740 cc105-6W
66. Mr. Wolrige-Gordon

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what new proposals he has regarding possible variations of the Agricultural Price Review system.

Mr. Peart

I shall be considering at the coming Price Review, as in previous years, any changes in the guarantee and other arrangements that may be desirable within the framework of the present Review system.

Mr. Peter Mills

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food to what extent it is his policy to allow agriculture the chance to help still further Great Britain's balance of payments difficulties; if he will give every encouragement to British agriculture in the next Price Review; and if he will take into account the desirability of encouraging ley farming and other crops which allow a break from cereals.

Mr. Peart

Under the selective expansion programme we expect home agriculture to save imports by meeting a major part of the increase in demand for food by 1970. At the next Review we shall be considering the progress made and assessing the resources required, in consultation with the Farmers' Unions. I cannot anticipate the Review decisions, but we shall take account of all relevant factors.