I am delighted by the Minister's reply, but does he deny that the Community has sold 150 million litres of wine to the Soviet Union at a price equivalent to 5p a bottle? Is that supposed to be disarmament by inducing alcoholic euphoria? Does the Minister deny that it is not in Britain's interests to allow that to occur while the Community is suggesting that British industry, and the British steel industry in particular, should contract on a scale and at a pace far in excess of the industries of our Community partners?
Some methods of disposal are unsatisfactory, as I have said, although the amount that has gone to Russia is only a relatively small proportion of the total exports that have gone outside the Community.
I repeat that last year the Community agreed to several structural measures, such as grubbing up vineyards and restrictions on new planting and on replanting. The Commission is due to come forward with further proposals this autumn, and we shall press strongly that it does so.
Does my right hon. Friend agree that a more satisfactory method of disposing of the wine surpluses would be to encourage more people in Europe to drink such an excellent beverage?