HC Deb 22 April 1975 vol 890 cc271-2W
Mr. Geraint Howells

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he is satisfied with the state of the poultry sector of the agriculture industry; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Bishop

I recognise that the poultry sector has faced difficulties but poultrymeat prices have in general been higher so far this year than last and egg prices have risen in the last few weeks. Feed prices have been easing. The White Paper "Food from our own Resources" presented to Parliament on 17th April (Cmnd. 6020) set out our view that our producers can satisfy the entire growth in demand forecast for these products in the period up to 1980 and that this is a reasonable objective for the industry.