Is my right hon. Friend aware that if it were argued that it would be cheaper to support British agriculture by deficiency payments, according to calculations made by the Labour Party, and on the most likely set of assumptions, the total cost would be £1·7 billion a year?
Is the Secretary of State aware that my constituents in Newcastle upon Tyne. West would not mind having to pay higher prices for food if they resulted in aid to underdeveloped countries, but that they bitterly resent having to pay these higher prices when they result in subsidising food which goes to the USSR?
That is why Her Majesty's Government have opposed subsidised food going to the Soviet Union. Certainly, the Community has supported food aid programmes. One of the most important exports of subsidised food has been to Poland, which, on balance, I think most hon. Members would consider to be correct.