§ 58 and 59. Sir T. Beamish
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (1) when the voluntary scheme to restrict deliveries of Cheddar-type cheese agreed between the United Kingdom and the Governments of New Zealand, Australia and the Republic of Ireland came into operation; what account was taken of excessive stocks imported prior to that date; and how soon the scheme will effectively diminish the threat of material injury to home producers arising from the dumping of these products;
(2) whether the Government of the Republic of Ireland is now implementing in full Her Majesty's Government's requirement of a scheme of voluntary restraint in cheese deliveries to the British market.
§ Mr. John Mackie
The arrangement for voluntary restraint relates to deliveries over the period from 1st April, 1968, until 31st March, 1970. It is designed to bring stocks to a level compatible with market stability within that period, and takes account of past sendings in the period. I have no reason to doubt that, given a satisfactory conclusion of the discussions with remaining suppliers, which I am at present conducting, the figures agreed with New Zealand, Australia and the Irish Republic will be honoured.