§ Mr. Bob Dunn
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what is his forecast of the possible levels of cereal and root crop production for the current 352W year; and which crops are likely to be affected adversely by poor weather conditions in recent months.
§ Mr. Buchanan-Smith
Winter cereals suffered from the cold weather, and spring sowings of cereals, sugar beet, potatoes and other root crops were delayed. The recent weather has been more favourable, and there is time for recovery. I cannot forecast the level of cereal and root crop production this year, since much depends on the weather between now and the harvest.