Would not my hon. Friend agree that there is a case on egalitarian and health grounds, there being no cholesterol in some margarines, for this equal subsidy? Can he assure us that the Government will not be talked out of rejecting the proposals which are currently being made in the Common Market for increasing the price of margarine?
My right hon. Friend has already made clear the Government's firm opposition to this proposal and, therefore, the impossibility of its coming to fruition. The health point was in my right hon. Friend's mind when the rate of subsidy on butter was adjusted earlier in the summer. It is too late in the subsidy programme to seek to set up the apparatus of control that would be necessary to introduce a new subsidy.
That is, I believe, correct. That is why the Government have resisted a devaluation of the green pound.
The British Government, in my presence, have made their views entirely clear in the current Council of Agriculture Ministers. This is an unacceptable proposal, not only to the British Government.