S. and W. Berisford

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 12th June 1986.

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Photo of John Gummer John Gummer Minister of State (Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food) 12:00 am, 12th June 1986

I am sure that my hon. Friend is right. The narrowness of the refining margin causes considerable concern, because without a proper refining capacity in this country the ACOP countries would find it impossible to obtain a market for their cane, which would be a disaster. That is why we have been pressing the European Commission to hold a full investigation, and we are pleased that it will now do so.