Would the right hon. Gentleman agree that the reduction in the number of slaughterings which he forecasts is because the size of the breeding herd is at its lowest for over four years? Would he accept that this is because of the stringent way in which the Government have treated this industry?
On the contrary, as the hon. Gentleman must know, this shows how the flexible guarantee system works. In the Price Review we raised the middle band by 400,000, which gives over 2s. 3d. a score more than in the previous February.
But would not the right hon. Gentleman agree that the standard quantity of the centre band for pigs is substantially less than the number which we need to have coming on to the market?