§ Mr. Arthur Lewis
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food whether he is aware that the Soviet Government have placed orders for £200,000 of British livestock and have promised to give consideration to the placing of further orders; and to what extent this type of trade will be affected if Great Britain enters the European Economic Community.
§ Mr. Peart
During his recent visit to this country the Soviet Minister of Agriculture told me of his Government's interest in buying British livestock. I have no information about any firm contracts, but I know that the British Agricultural Export Council is keeping in close touch with those concerned in this country and with the Soviet authorities.
Assuming the continuance of our present animal health arrangements, this trade should not be affected if we join the European Economic Community.