§ 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.