§ 12. Mr. Wingfield Digby
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what consultations he has held or proposes to hold with the National Farmers' Union about the change in the method of deficiency payments for wheat from a tonnage to an acreage basis.
§ Mr. Anthony Stodart
I would refer my hon. Friend to the answer I gave to my right hon. and learned Friend, the Member for Huntingdonshire (Sir David Renton) on 8th December, 1970. The Farmers' Unions were given an opportunity to make further representations and these were carefully considered before the decision was announced on 9th238W November, 1970. Consultations with the Farmers' Unions are in progress on the technical matters related to the change.—[Vol. 806, c. 43–44; Vol. 51, c. 67.]