Orders of the Day — Agriculture

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 3rd November 1966.

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Photo of Mr Alasdair Mackenzie Mr Alasdair Mackenzie , Ross and Cromarty 12:00 am, 3rd November 1966

I thank the hon. Gentleman. I was just coming to that.

I repeat that I say this with all respect to hon. Members who represent agricultural constituencies and whom I know are just as concerned about the present situation as I am. This being so, I am convinced that this is the time to have another look at the situation and a reappraisal. It is time to remove this great industry from the cockpit of party politics. Let us have a deal on a nonparty basis. I have always been convinced that this is the answer. After this debate I am more convinced of it than ever.

Many farmers would welcome such a move. If this were agreed to I am sure that Members on this bench could make a very valuable contribution. This would be my long-term answer to the problem. In the meantime, I once again appeal to the Minister to do something urgently for hill and upland farmers.