Fatstock Producers (Abatements)

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 29th November 1967.

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Photo of Mr Robin Maxwell-Hyslop Mr Robin Maxwell-Hyslop , Tiverton 12:00 am, 29th November 1967

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what steps he proposes to take to relieve the abatement suffered by fatstock producers prior to his announcement in July.

Photo of Mr Thomas Peart Mr Thomas Peart , Workington

In disbursing the expected final payment after the end of the fatstock year 1967–68 we propose to give priority to producers who suffered heavy abatements in the three weeks before my announcement in July, so as to put them on an equal footing with those who sold immediately afterwards when the abatement was limited to 6s.

Photo of Mr Robin Maxwell-Hyslop Mr Robin Maxwell-Hyslop , Tiverton

But would not the right hon. Gentleman agree that in the economic conditions of today it is lunacy to fine farmers for over-production when what we need is more domestic production?

Photo of Mr Thomas Peart Mr Thomas Peart , Workington

I hope that the hon. Gentleman will realise the history of the scheme, and that it was introduced by my predecessor—

Photo of Mr Thomas Peart Mr Thomas Peart , Workington

Not in 1967. The scheme was operative then. I took the action which I thought was right, and it was welcomed by the industry.