Food Policies

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 8th July 1976.

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Photo of Nicholas Winterton Nicholas Winterton , Macclesfield 12:00 am, 8th July 1976

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what procedures are followed to ensure that food policies adopted by the Department of Prices and Consumer Protection are compatible with those of his own Department.

Photo of Gavin Strang Gavin Strang , Edinburgh East

There is regular and close consultation between Ministers and officials from the two Departments on food and drink policy matters of mutual interest and concern.

Photo of Nicholas Winterton Nicholas Winterton , Macclesfield

I thank the Minister for that reasonable reply. Is it not a fact that the high rate of taxation prevailing in this country, the still fairly high rate of inflation, and price restraint place tremendous burdens on the food manufacturing industry? Is the Minister not aware that this situation does not allow the food industry to retain sufficient profits or make sufficient profits for the big investment necessary if it is to remain the most efficient food manufacturing industry in the world?

Photo of Gavin Strang Gavin Strang , Edinburgh East

I am sure that the hon. Member will recognise that the food industry has been helped by the agreement with the TUC on combating inflation. I hope that we can count on the hon. Member's support.