HC Deb 16 February 1989 vol 147 c350W
14. Mr. Livsey

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will make a statement on the reform of the European sheepmeat regime.

Mr. MacGregor

There have been some preliminary discussions on the Commission proposals for reform of the sheepmeat regime, with some member states insisting that the revised voluntary restraint agreement with New Zealand should be concluded first. I do not anticipate rapid progress.

36. Mr. Knapman

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, when he next meets the Council of Ministers, if he will discuss the sheepmeat variable premium scheme.

Mr. Donald Thompson

A proposal to phase out the sheep variable premium scheme forms part of the European Commission's proposals for a review of the sheep regime. It will be discussed on the next occasion that these proposals are placed before the Council of Ministers.