Commonwealth Sugar Agreement

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 if he will make a statement on the recent London talks on the Commonwealth Sugar Agreement.

Photo of Mr Thomas Peart Mr Thomas Peart , Workington

Yes, Sir. The talks ended last Wednesday. There are no changes in the price and quota arrangements for 1968. In view of our application to join the E.E.C. it was agreed not to discuss the question of extension.

Photo of Mr John Farr Mr John Farr , Harborough

I thank the right hon. Gentleman for that reply, but can he give the House an assurance that he has borne in mind the immense value of the Commonwealth Sugar Agreement to many of the under-developed Commonwealth countries? Moreover, is he aware that the economies of many of these smaller nations are entirely dependent on their sugar crop?

Photo of Mr Thomas Peart Mr Thomas Peart , Workington

I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for his remark. I pay tribute to the Commonwealth Sugar Agreement. It gives long-term security to many parts of the world where they have only monoculture and provides prosperity for their people. It is of great value.