HC Deb 06 March 1986 vol 93 c258W
44. Mr. Livsey

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will make a statement on his negotiations in Europe to retain the beef variable premium.

Mr. Gummer

The Commission's price fixing package for 1986 proposed a number of changes in the support arrangements for the beef sector. In the negotiations, my right hon. Friend will be concerned to ensure that beef producers continue to have adequate support. As to the beef variable premium scheme, we shall continue to maintain that this has advantages for producers, traders and consumers alike.