§ 79. Sir G. Nabarro
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what restrictions are still applicable to foreign meat entering this country from South America and elsewhere; what diminution of foreign meat supplies has occurred in the 12 months ended 31st October, 1968; and what further steps of imports' substitution for meat, and other foodstuffs, he plans to implement Government policy and further to assist the United Kingdom trade balances.
§ Mr. Hoy
All imports of meat are subject to our animal health and public health requirements. Mutton, lamb and pigmeat are not admitted from South America. In the 12 months ended October, 1968, our total imports of carcase meat and offals were some 55,000 tons less than in the previous year.
Following the report of the Economic Development Committee for Agriculture, the Government are considering agriculture's contribution to the national economy in the next few years.