Would not my right hon. Friend agree that this is one of the most important questions regarding any sort of negotiations which might be made with the Community, quite apart from any other political considerations, 'and that we need this information to have properly informed public discussion of the matter?
I am not certain about all the factors in relation to the European Community, which has not finally clarified its own position on many points of agricultural policy. I still adhere to the statements which I have made. Entry could be harmful without proper safeguards to our farmers and it could mean increased food prices to consumers.
Will not the Minister leave aside his well-known prejudices in regard to this matter and let us look at it factually? Is it not an excellent thing to do as is suggested and issue a White Paper and let us have discussion of these matters? The right hon. Gentleman knows that I take a very different view from him in this regard and that many of us are not satisfied with his negative approach to the whole question.
I may have prejudices, but I believe that they are good prejudices. My only anxiety on this matter is that our home agriculture should not be jeopardised. Therefore, in any future developments we must hear this in mind.
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what discussions he is having with the National Farmers' Union and the Agricultural Workers' Union with a view to preparing the ground for the United Kingdom's entry into the European Economic Community and what conclusions he has reached about the problems involved.
As it is now clear that, in spite of all the gobbledegook from the Prime Minister, one of the primary aims of British foreign policy is to join the Common Market on acceptable terms, is it not deplorable that the Government have been so slothful in considering the effects that this might have on British agriculture and horticulture?