HC Deb 19 November 1987 vol 122 c663W
70. Mr. Allan Stewart

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if, as a result of beef calves being exported during the current year, he anticipates any beef shortage in the United Kingdom in 18 months time.

Mr. Donald Thompson

The beef market has been in a state of considerable oversupply, with heavy expenditure on intervention and other support measures. Some decline in production and supplies will create a better balanced market and enable producers to be less heavily dependent on support.

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