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Marketing Boards (Welsh Members)

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 6th June 1957.

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Photo of Sir Raymond Gower Sir Raymond Gower , Barry 12:00 am, 6th June 1957

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (1) why Wales was permitted no representative to sit with the four Ulster representatives from Northern Ireland and the two Scottish members on the Egg Marketing Board; and if he will now take steps to include members from Wales;

(2) if he will now appoint a Welsh member or members to the Wool Marketing Board, so that the Board may be representative of all parts of the United Kingdom.

Mr. Amory:

The constitution of these marketing boards is laid down in the respective schemes, which were approved by Parliament. In each case there is one member elected by Welsh producers as provided for in the schemes. It would be for the Boards themselves to promote draft amendments to their schemes if they considered any change was desirable as regards the representation of Welsh producers.

Photo of Sir Raymond Gower Sir Raymond Gower , Barry

Is my right hon. Friend aware that the fact that Wales is so poorly represented on these boards has been commented on in many different quarters in the Principality?

Mr. Amory:

I think we can leave it to the Welshmen to look after their interests and see that the initiative is taken if they feel themselves hard pressed in that direction.