§ Mr. Milne
asked the President of the Board of Trade what discussions took place with Norway and the other European Free Trade Association countries involved prior to the decision taken by Her Majesty's Government to cut by 50 per cent. British imports of butter from these countries; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Crosland
Prior discussion took place only with Denmark amongst our E.F.T.A. partners. This was in pursuance of our obligations under the 1960 Anglo-Danish Agreement on Agriculture and the Protocol of 1963. We have no such obligations to other E.F.T.A. countries and it has never been our practice to hold prior consultations with them about butter quotas.