HC Deb 18 February 1988 vol 127 cc726-7W
Mr. Teddy Taylor

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if, pursuant to the remarks of the Minister of State, the right hon. Member for Suffolk, Coastal (Mr. Gummer) on 15 February, Official Report, column 796, he will identify the section of the last agreement on budgetary restraint of 4 December or any previous Community agreement, which gave the Council the same powers as are set out in annex V to the note from the presidency (EEC document SN 461/88) to increase agricultural expenditure in excess of the agreed guideline; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. MacGregor

This annex refers to existing provisions in the treaty and does not confer any new powers on the Council.