HC Deb 15 December 1971 vol 828 cc127-8W
Mr. Luce

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what evidence he has concerning direct and indirect Government assistance to the horticultural industry in each member country of the Common Market; and whether he will publish the evidence.

Mr. Anthony Stodart

My Department keeps under constant review the continual flow of information which it receives about state aids which may benefit horticulture in E.E.C. countries and my right hon. Friend does not propose to publish this. Details of national schemes of assistance to farmers and growers in Member States were however given in a paper issued by the Commission on the Mansholt Plan.

Mr. Arthur Lewis

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food whether he is now able to state the estimated Exchequer cost of the special help which is to be given to the horticultural, agricultural and fruit industries by way of compensation to offset the adverse effects to these industries on Great Britain joining the European Economic Community.

Mr. Anthony Stodart