HC Deb 26 January 1995 vol 253 cc355-6W
22. Mr. Tim Smith

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what progress he has made in ensuring the effective implementation of EU general agreement on tariffs and trade obligations in relation to the CAP.

Mr. Waldegrave

The Agriculture Council from 12 to 15 December agreed changes in all the basic CAP commodity regulations needed to honour the EU's new commitments under the GATT agriculture agreement, which was ratified by the EU on 30 December. Implementation will generally begin from 1 July 1995, the start of most of the commodity marketing years. The Council's agreement means that management committees should now be able to take timely decisions on precisely how the GATT requirements are to be respected in each sector within the flexible framework laid down by the Council.

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