HC Deb 18 October 1973 vol 861 cc256-7W
38. Mr. Ogden

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what further action he proposes to take to ensure that future imports of cane sugar into the United Kingdom are sufficient to maintain present levels of production and employment in the British cane sugar refineries.

Mr. Godber

The Government are giving their full support to the proposals made by the EEC Commission on 12th July covering a figure of 1.4 million tons. Nevertheless, some reduction in supplies of raw sugar is inevitable, and it is for this reason that I have urged the industry to put forward agreed proposals for its future structure.