asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what steps he has taken in accordance with the recommendation of the Brambell Committee to ensure that the intention of its report is not prejudiced by imports of food produced under unacceptable systems; and what progress has been made in this direction.
Can the Minister say what is causing this long delay? If it is because of the long congestion in the legislative programme, would he consider setting up a standing advisory committee to keep this matter under review, as so many people are interested in the results of this Report?
It is not a question of a hold-up in legislation. It is merely a question of giving the industry and all interested parties a fair opportunity to present their views. This is a very difficult matter and I will make a statement as soon as I can.
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware of the need to secure some satisfactory arrangement overseas as the basis of any final arrangement? Will he consider urgently ways of taking this essential preliminary step?
Is my right hon. Friend aware that there are very many people in the country who are greatly interested in the Brambell Report and who will be a little, disappointed at the delay which is taking place in implementing its recommendations? Will my right hon. Friend bear this in mind?
There is no delay here. I hope that my hon. Friend has read the Report very carefully. It involves a considerable number of organisations and one must give them an opportunity to air their views fully.