HC Deb 30 November 1972 vol 847 cc239-40W
Mr. Biffen

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food by what legislative and administrative means he proposes to implement the agreement on dairy products concluded with the European Economic Community on 21st November.

Mr. Godber

As I stated in reply to a Question by my hon. Friend the Member for Devizes (Mr. Charles Morrison) on 22nd November, the Intervention Board for Agricultural Produce has now been set up as provided for in Section 6 of the European Communities Act 1972 and the Agricultural Board for Agricultural Produce Order 1972. Subject to the direction and control of Ministers, the board is charged with carrying out the functions necessary to implement in the United Kingdom the support arrangements of the European Economic Community common agricultural policy, including those in the milk and milk products sector. Section 6 of the European Communities Act 1972 authorises the Commissioners of Customs and Excise to collect the agricultural levies as if they were Customs duties.—[Vol. 846, c. 431–2.]