HC Deb 31 July 1974 vol 878 cc387-8W
Mr. Kenneth Clarke

asked the Minister of Overseas Development what proposals she put forward for supporting export earnings on primary products of European associated and associable States at the recent meeting between EEC Development Ministers and representatives of those States held in Kingston, Jamaica.

Mrs. Hart

I made it clear both to my Community colleagues and informally to Conference delegates that the United Kingdom continues to attach great importance to the agreement of arrangements for the importation into the Community of up to 1.4 million tons of cane sugar, at a fair price. In his second statement to the Conference, the President of the Council explicitly recognised this commitment.

This recognition opened the way for the President to put forward proposals along lines agreed in Council in Brussels, for the stabilisation of the export earnings of countries particularly dependent on the sale of commodities which have a tendency to fluctuate in quantity or price. These would involve the establishment of a revolving fund, with special arrangements for the poorest countries.

The Commission has been asked to begin immediate discussions with the producer countries in order to determine which commodities they wish to cover and how they wish them to be covered.