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 Neil Marten Mr Neil Marten , Banbury 12:00 am, 12th April 1976

That bears out what I was saying. The Minister should be guided by the House. He has ignored the views of the House of Commons and of the other place, which are both very much against the proposition.

I should like to know how all this fits in with the Price Code. The compounders will be raising their prices without giving the Price Commission the statutory 28 days' notice. I raised this matter at Question Time today with the Minister responsible for prices and consumer matters. I understand that the answer is that, because the Community has made this regulation, it overrides the Price Code and the duty to give 28 days' notice to the Price Commission. I should be grateful if the Minister would say whether that is correct.

In an intervention, I asked whether this proposition was ultra vires. I read an opinion by an eminent German lawyer who specialises in Common Market law, and his view is that it is ultra vires under Article 39.1 of the Treaty of Rome because it is a cost increase on production. Article 39.1(c) provides that this sort of thing should be done only for market stabilisation, and this essentially is not market stabilisation; it is passing on the financial burden to the users. I should like to know whether this proposition is in line with GATT—I think Articles 3 and 9.