Potato Marketing Board

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 Mr Robert Banks Mr Robert Banks , Harrogate 12:00 am, 8th July 1976

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what representations he has recently received calling for the continuation of the Potato Marketing Board, as at present established.

Photo of Mr Edward Bishop Mr Edward Bishop , Newark

I am aware of general support for the continuation of the Potato Marketing Board from farmers and traders, together with a recognition that the present functions of the board may need considering in the light of any changes in our arrangements at the end of transition, and any which may result from the proposed EEC regime for potatoes.

Photo of Mr Robert Banks Mr Robert Banks , Harrogate

Is the Minister aware that many farmers in my constituency are deeply concerned about this matter? Will he give an assurance that he will argue the case for the retention of the Potato Marketing Board without compromise?

Photo of Mr Edward Bishop Mr Edward Bishop , Newark

I have emphasised the value that we place on the present marketing arrangements. These are under review within the Community, and I have emphasised that we shall not be happy to see any changes that will be detrimental to the interests of the producers or the consumers.