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

As the right hon. Gentleman knows, this is a once-for-all scheme, and I hope that that will be the position.

May I say a word to my hon. Friends who criticise the scheme because they criticise the CAP as a whole. I understand their argument, but I am responsible for negotiating. My aim is to get the best for Britain and the best for my farmers, and to strike a fair balance between the interests of producers and of consumers. I was convinced that the package as a whole was a good one for the United Kingdom. I recognised that, although I regretted the existence of the surplus of skimmed milk powder, I could not act as if it did not exist.