§ 37. Mr. Foulkes
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what initiatives he intends to take to bring down the proportion of the EEC budget spent on agriculture; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Jopling
The financial guideline agreed by the Council in its conclusions on budgetary discipline provides 257W that expenditure related to agricultural markets should grow by less than the rate of growth of the Community's own resources. In pursuit of this aim, I will continue to press in the Council of Agriculture Ministers for measures which will restrain the growth of expenditure, in particular rigorous constraint on prices.