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 Francis Pym Mr Francis Pym , Cambridgeshire 12:00 am, 12th April 1976

I agree with my hon. Friend that surpluses exist around the world. It is a world-wide problem. The provision of food for the countries that need it can sensibly be done only on a world-wide basis. I agree with the hon. Gentleman about that.

Within the European Community there are other schemes in the melting pot to help reduce production levels in other European countries, but they are at only a preliminary stage. They are far from being agreed yet, let alone becoming effective. The surplus across the Channel will not suddenly end.

We have heard nothing from the Minister tonight that is constructive. We have heard nothing about the possibility of using liquid milk on an organised basis and saving the cost of drying it. We have heard nothing about the future. I have asked the right hon. Gentleman about future schemes and we have heard nothing about them. The Minister seems to be content with a scheme of which he disapproves, which I think is a fantastic position.

Is it still too late to adjust the price at which the powder is to be incorporated? I understand that it is to be charged at about five times its actual worth as animal food, over £300 a ton instead of about £70. The more one considers the proposition the more unreasonable a prospect it seems.