The European Commission has produced proposals for a new system of variable import levies of beef, which, if implemented, would allow early resumption of normal trading between the Community and third country beef suppliers. It is intended that the Council of Ministers should reach a decision on these proposals before the summer break.
As the Government are opposed to import controls, would not it be sensible to start by removing altogether what is a virtual ban on the import of an essential food from the main exporting countries of the world?
My right hon. Friend will probably welcome the fact that we are to see a resumption of trade in beef with those countries. But I do not think that we could possibly contemplate a situation in which there was no protection for our home industry.