Oral Answers to Questions — Cheese and Dried Milk (Imports)

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 20th July 1966.

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Photo of Mr Alick Buchanan-Smith Mr Alick Buchanan-Smith , North Angus and Mearns 12:00 am, 20th July 1966

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he is aware of the concern amongst British farmers over the imports of Dutch cheese and French dried milk; what action he will take; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Mr James Hoy Mr James Hoy , Edinburgh Leith

I am aware that these imports have been the subject of recent comment. For the last calendar year, they were less than 3 per cent. of total imports of the products in question, and should therefore be kept in perspective. I am not satisfied there is any cause for action by the Government.

Photo of Mr Alick Buchanan-Smith Mr Alick Buchanan-Smith , North Angus and Mearns

Would the Minister agree that the British dairy farmer can make an even greater contribution to the replacement of imports of dairy produce? Would he accept that with the present economic stringency this is the time when they could be given a bigger share than they would have under this arrangement?

Photo of Mr James Hoy Mr James Hoy , Edinburgh Leith

We hope that they will play a bigger part, but, if we expect to sell overseas, we have to buy. But that does not detract from the part which we think this sector of the industry will play in future.