HC Deb 08 November 1976 vol 919 cc90-1W
Mr. Ralph Howell

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what steps he will take to help farmers concerned with pig production in view of the present situation facing them.

Mr. Bishop

We recognise and share the concern felt by both pig producers and processors about the effects of monetary compensatory amounts on the competitive position of this sector. The recently negotiated reduction of 8 per cent. in the level of these amounts should be of some help to the industry. But it is not enough, and my right hon. Friend will continue to press for a change in the basis of calculation to achieve the much larger reduction which we believe to be in the best interest of producers, processors and consumers.

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