Oral Answers to Questions — Meat (Imports from New Zealand)

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

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Photo of Sir John Gilmour Sir John Gilmour , Fife East 12:00 am, 20th July 1966

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what estimate he has made of the quantity of meat which will be imported annually into this country from New Zealand during the currency of the recently negotiated agreement whereby imports of meat from New Zealand will be without restriction in quantity until September, 1972.

Photo of Mr Thomas Peart Mr Thomas Peart , Workington

The quantity will depend on supply and demand but I do not foresee any marked divergence from current trends.

Photo of Sir John Gilmour Sir John Gilmour , Fife East

As the New Zealand meat producers have announced plans to diversify the sale of lamb from New Zealand, and particularly to review what is sold to the United Kingdom and North America would not the hon. Gentleman agree that he ought to be able to give encouragement to those producing lamb in this country to increase the amount for the home market?

Photo of Mr Thomas Peart Mr Thomas Peart , Workington

Certainly, Sir. That was the purpose of our National Economic Plan, to have a selective approach to increased production.

Photo of Dr Horace King Dr Horace King , Southampton, Itchen

Order. I must ask the House to be fair to those who have Questions to ask.

Photo of Mr Thomas Peart Mr Thomas Peart , Workington

We have encouraged home production, and that was the purpose of the last review.

Photo of Mr Joseph Godber Mr Joseph Godber , Grantham

Can the right hon. Gentleman assure us that this agreement will not run counter in any way to the assurance given in the National Plan that the major part of the increased requirement would come from home farmers?

Photo of Mr Thomas Peart Mr Thomas Peart , Workington

Certainly we stand by the National Plan.