§ Miss Emma Nicholson
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what estimates he has made of the likely effect on United Kingdom sheep producers of the MacSharry proposals to reform the common agricultural policy.306W
§ Mr. Gummer
The proposed reform of the sheepmeat regime seriously discriminates against United Kingdom producers, many of them in the most difficult areas of the country. Reducing ewe premium headage limits would exclude up to 15 per cent. of our animals from the premium whereas only about 3 per cent. of the rest of the EC's ewes would be excluded.