HC Deb 11 May 1978 vol 949 cc599-600W
Mr. Lee

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if Her Majesty's Government will undertake not to support the admission of Greece, or Spain, or Portugal into the Common Market unless in each case the applicant country concerned first undertakes to forgo in respect of all of its own agricultural produce the operation of any system of intervention buying and common agricultural policy supplies accumulation; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Tomlinson

No. It is not the Government's policy to insist upon preconditions for acceptance of the three applications, which the Government support on general political grounds. Nevertheless it is a well known objective of the Government to minimise agricultural surpluses, and the Government will obviously have this objective in mind in the context of enlargement.