Is the Minister aware that last year the intervention board spent £500 million of taxpayers' money on dubious purposes of various kinds? For example, £42 million was spent on feeding surplus milk powder to animals. In particular, is he aware that £145 million was spent on exporting surplus British grain and dairy products to countries outside the EEC? As Britain is a net importer of both grain and dairy products, how can that be efficient?
If the hon. Gentleman studied agriculture rather more closely, he would discover that there were a number of varieties of grain, some of which we need to import and some of which we need to export.
Intervention policy varies from one product to another. With regard to the whole intervention policy of Europe, we have been trying to stop, for example, the intervention of good meat which then deteriorates in intervention. We consider that to be an absurdity. We will always review such matters with that objective in mind.