I wish that the hon. Member for Bethnal Green and Bow (Mr. Mikardo) would stop shouting. Just be patient.
The Agricultural Commissioner is trying to follow a policy of producers sharing in the responsibility of coping with the consequences of their surpluses. That is a sound principle. That was part of the stocktaking Document which the Minister welcomed, as did the Opposition. It is not clear how this scheme ties in with that strategy. It is obvious that it goes in the opposite direction.
It is difficult to understand why the right hon. Gentleman had any truck with these proposals in the first place. The right hon. Gentleman referred to the February debate. I warned him then, as did many hon. Members on both sides of the House before the review was settled, of the problems that the scheme would present. I also said that he was in danger of putting himself in a position where he would have to pay too high a price for his beef premium scheme.