Has the Leader of the House seen Motion No. 160, in my name and the names of more than 100 hon. and right hon. Members, asking that the agricultural industry should have greater opportunities for production in view of the balance of payments crisis?
[That this House, having noted the Prime Minister's statement containing the emergency measures to meet the present economic crisis, expresses disappointment at its, generally negative tone and, in particular, is concerned that he did not make use of the opportunity to provide new incentives to the agricultural industry to increase production, whereby the industry's magnificent record of increased productivity, which the Prime Minister has himself publicly acknowledged, could be harnessed to save food imports, and tints make an important contribution to the balance of payments situation; and urges him to open immediate talks with the industry's leaders towards this end.]
In view of the very conflicting statements made by the Minister of Agriculture on Tuesday morning and the First Secretary of State last night, will the Leader of the House give time for a very urgent debate on this matter, so as to reduce the uncertainty in the agricultural industry?