Orders of the Day — Horticulture

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 17th March 1975.

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Photo of Mr Stephen Hastings Mr Stephen Hastings , Mid Bedfordshire 12:00 am, 17th March 1975

I should like to add my congratulations to my hon. Friend the Member for Chichester (Mr. Nelson) on raising this matter so fully and succinctly. Happily his speech has left little for other hon. Members to say.

The message from the horticultural areas about the decision to do away with the fuel subsidy is always the same. My own area, particularly East Bedfordshire where there are a large number of glasshouse growers, is a case in point. There are four months to the end of June, and the Government have put at risk virtually a whole industry. It is a question of growers going broke. We are told that this was a Cabinet decision. The mind boggles at a Cabinet, at a stage where this country is in a balance of payments crisis such as we currently have, deliberately bringing in an order to do away with a subsidy of this kind which must be a direct and wilful discouragement to the production of food.