§ Mr. Hawkins
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will take steps to halt the fall in the numbers of fat cattle coming forward for slaughter.
§ Mr. Buchanan-Smith
Beef producers' returns have already recovered during the 1981–82 marketing year, during which the variable beef premium, the suckler cow premium and the highest ever level of hill livestock compensatory allowances have been in force. Further measures to assist beef producers will be considered in the common agricultural price negotiations.