Agricultural Policy

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculutre, Fisheries and Food – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 7th June 1984.

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Photo of Mr Tony Marlow Mr Tony Marlow , Northampton North 12:00 am, 7th June 1984

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food in what areas of agricultural policy he is seeking powers to obtain discretion for the United Kingdom.

Photo of Mr Michael Jopling Mr Michael Jopling , Westmorland and Lonsdale

The Government will continue to pursue the policies, both domestically and in the European Community, which are in the long-term interests of our agriculture industry and beneficial for the country as a whole.

Photo of Mr Tony Marlow Mr Tony Marlow , Northampton North

As I believe that some time next week there is to be an election, will my right hon. Friend do himself a favour by giving an undertaking to our dairy farmers that if, at any stage, there is a risk that we will be forced to import liquid milk from the Irish Republic, he will unilaterally increase our quota?

Photo of Mr Michael Jopling Mr Michael Jopling , Westmorland and Lonsdale

Already there are arrangements, which have been going for a long time, for milk and milk products to be imported from other parts of the Community and outside it. As, I believe, something is happening next week, my hon. Friend might like to know that since we joined the Common Market our agricultural output has increased by 14 per cent. in volume, our agricultural productivity per person has increased by 49 per cent., our agricultural exports have increased by 77 per cent. and our self-sufficiency in temperate foods has increased by 24 per cent. That sounds like pretty good medicine.