Sugar Prices

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 John Farr Mr John Farr , Harborough 12:00 am, 29th November 1967

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what are the prospects of an international agreement on sugar prices being reached; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Mr Thomas Peart Mr Thomas Peart , Workington

At its meeting earlier this month the International Sugar Council discussed the preparations being made by the Secretary General of UNCTAD for a negotiating Conference to be held next April. The Council welcomed this prospect in view of the general belief that such a Conference now had a reasonable chance of success. I share that belief and welcome these developments.

Photo of Mr John Farr Mr John Farr , Harborough

What it the attitude of the Common Market countries in this discussion? Is it true that by their uncooperative attitude they are proving to be the main stumbling block in reaching international agreement?

Photo of Mr Thomas Peart Mr Thomas Peart , Workington

It is not for me to answer for Common Market policy. I think that one must explore that further.