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 Geraint Howells Mr Geraint Howells , Cardigan 12:00 am, 12th April 1976

I congratulate the Minister on his reappointment in the present Administration, and I wish him well.

With respect to a number of right hon. and hon. Members, we are not discussing whether we should be members of the European Community. We are members, and, therefore, we are discussing the common agricultural policy and the effect of the skimmed milk regulations on agriculture.

Whether or not we like the CAP, many politicians, food producers and consumers believe that it will collapse within the next 12 months unless the leaders of the EEC countries do all in their power to unite in trying to sort out the monetary compensatory system now operating. The green pound also has bedevilled us for a long time, and it is about time that it was abolished.

We have heard that Mr. Lardinois is to resign at the end of the year because of the problems in trying to sort out the CAP. But I believe that too many Government supporters are attacking the Minister. They cannot blame the Minister for our being a member of the European Community—