§ Mr. John Marshall
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will make a statement about the future of the EC's banana regime post-1991.
§ Mr. Curry
The European Commission is currently considering arrangements to apply to bananas in the single European market post-1992, but has not yet come forward with proposals. We are making it clear to the Commission and other member states that any new arrangements must fulfil our commitments to Commonwealth Caribbean suppliers and that they should take account of consumer interests, budgetary discipline, trade policy considerations and the competition and efficiency objectives of the single market initiative.