HC Deb 10 February 1998 vol 306 cc165-6W
Mr. Swinney

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will make a statement on the impact of the provisions of the Competition Bill [Lords] on farming co-operatives. [26000]

Mr. Morley

[holding answer 28 January 1998]: An amendment has been tabled by my noble Friend, Lord Simon of Highbury, for discussion at Lords Report Stage on 9 February which would provide an exclusion from the Chapter I prohibition under the Bill for this type of co-operative along the lines of EC Regulation 26/62.