HC Deb 06 March 1986 vol 93 c257W
41. Mr. Colin Shepherd

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he is satisfied with the prospects for the beef sector of the agriculture industry.

Mr. Gummer

The beef sector has experienced two difficult years during which the imposition of milk quotas and the consequent increase in cow cullings coincided with a cyclical peak in production. Production is likely to continue at high levels until 1987 and, if there is a milk outgoers scheme, this will also affect the market.

I shall be concerned to ensure that the beef sector continues to receive adequate support.