Although home production of bacon is likely to fall short of our minimum allocation in 1967–68, it has shown a considerable increase in the last six months. Production in the July-September quarter was over 15 per cent. higher than in January-March.
Bearing in mind that last year bacon imports cost this country £123 million—64 per cent. of our consumption—would not the right hon. Gentleman agree that the time has come to renegotiate the Bacon Sharing Agreement and to give more encouragement to home producers?
As the hon. Gentleman knows, the Bacon Sharing Agreement has been in existence for a long time, even before I was Minister. It is reviewed every year. I note what the hon. Gentleman says. I am looking at this matter carefully. I am glad to say that the latest figures show that the breeding herd in Great Britain at September, 1967, was 3 per cent. up.