Primary Commodity Prices

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 19th December 1957.

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Photo of Mr Reginald Moss Mr Reginald Moss , Meriden 12:00 am, 19th December 1957

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food whether he will consider favourably the proposal for buffer stocks, mentioned in the Food and Agriculture Organisation's Report of June, 1956, as part of a global mechanism to help stabilise primary commodity prices.

Photo of Mr Joseph Godber Mr Joseph Godber , Grantham

The report in question analysed the possible uses of buffer stocks for this purpose, but made no definite proposals.

Photo of Mr Reginald Moss Mr Reginald Moss , Meriden

Can the Parliamentary Secretary say whether he regards the stabilisation of prices of primary commodities, particularly foodstuffs, as desirable; and what steps is he taking to secure that end?

Photo of Mr Joseph Godber Mr Joseph Godber , Grantham

The Government are interested in getting prices stabilised and perfectly willing to discuss that with other countries concerned, but we think that it has to be done on an individual commodity basis.