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

The right hon. Gentleman asks whether I would veto the whole package. But surely the whole package must make sense. Is it not true that the right hon. Gentleman's colleagues on the Council of Ministers also disapproved of the scheme? If that is so, why did they come to such a ridiculous arrangement—which is what this is?

I think that every hon. Member who spoke in that debate was critical of the disposal scheme. It was not as though the Minister was not warned. Indeed, the Minister himself says that he does not like it, which makes our position in the House absurd. We now have the Minister's evidence to the Select Committee on European Secondary Legislation on 13th January this year. On page 18 of the evidence he said: I should be concerned, however, to ensure that producers are not unfairly disadvantaged because we have no significant stocks of powder. But our producers have been disadvantaged.