Protein Deposit and Private Storage Aid

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 12th April 1976.

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Photo of Mr Thomas Peart Mr Thomas Peart , Workington 12:00 am, 12th April 1976

Of course, the Committee trusted them, and my view was that, despite the inclusion of the scheme, the package which was presented to the House was a good package and should not be frustrated. That is my position. In fact, the incorporation scheme became fully effective on 1st April. The protein storage scheme is intended to come into operation on 1st May, but this may need to be reconsidered in the light of the European Parliament's unfavourable resolution.

The second misunderstanding arose from the fact that the Government made no secret of the fact that I should not be advising the House to vote against the Opposition amendment.

There were two reasons why I felt that I should not oppose that amendment. First, as I have made clear tonight, the schemes actually agreed upon in the Council were an improvement on those contained in the proposals set out in the Documents before us. The second and more important reason was that, as I have also made clear tonight, I have never pretended to like the incorporation scheme. I made this clear to the trade before I went to Brussels, and I made it clear to the House in my reply to a Question from my right hon. Friend the Member for Battersea, North (Mr. Jay) following my statement on the Brussels price package. But, although I did not like the scheme, I did not feel that I should carry this dislike to the point of blocking the CAP price package of which it formed an integral part.