§ Mr. Geraint Howells
asked the Secretary of State for Wales if he is satisfied that the competition faced by Welsh farmers within the EEC is fair; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Nicholas Edwards
The devaluations of the green pound which have taken place since the Government came into office have largely eliminated the MCA gap which handicapped the industry under the previous Adminstration. But the French action against British sheepmeat is an illegal barrier to trade and I refer to the statement made by my hon. Friend the Minister of State, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, on 5 March concerning the continuing action—[Vol. 980, c. 476–88]—being taken by the Commission to resolve the issue.