HC Deb 16 May 1968 vol 764 c284W
Mr. Oakes

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what effect the restoration of South American meat imports has had on the price of meat.

Mr. Cledwyn Hughes

Official import statistics are not yet available, but trade reports suggest that the removal from 15th April of the restrictions on meat imports from South America and a number of other sources has not yet led to greatly increased arrivals on the British market. It is never, in any case, easy to isolate the effect of any one factor on prices, which are affected at different times by variations in the supplies coming forward from all sources and by fluctuations in demand.