HC Deb 31 October 1979 vol 972 cc544-5W
Mr. Hooley

asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (1) what is the Government's policy towards the proposal made by the secretariat of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development and the Food and Agriculture Organisation for an international tea agreement;

(2) what steps are being taken by the Government to ensure the successful negotiation of an international tea agreement.

Mr. Peter Walker

The Government are of the opinion that tea is a suitable commodity for an international commodity agreement. The UNCTAD secretariat is engaged on further necessary studies in preparation for the resumption of negotiations in Geneva early in December.