Intergovernmental Conference

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 23rd March 1995.

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Photo of Stephen Timms Stephen Timms , Newham North East 12:00 am, 23rd March 1995

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what are the priorities for the Government in relation to agriculture at the intergovernmental conference in 1996. [13893]

Photo of Mr William Waldegrave Mr William Waldegrave , Bristol West

The Government are currently considering their priorities for the inter-governmental conference. [Interruption.]

Photo of Miss Betty Boothroyd Miss Betty Boothroyd Speaker of the House of Commons

Order. I am not sure that the hon. Gentleman heard the Minister's response.

Photo of Mr William Waldegrave Mr William Waldegrave , Bristol West

The Government are currently considering their priorities for the inter-governmental conference.

Photo of Stephen Timms Stephen Timms , Newham North East

What further consideration has the right hon. Gentleman given to the sugar regime, given the impact on jobs at Tate and Lyle in east London?

Photo of Mr William Waldegrave Mr William Waldegrave , Bristol West

That was a good, off-the-cuff question from the hon. Gentleman, who obviously thought that he had been called to speak on the last question. The sugar regime is unlikely to be a matter of treaty amendment at the IGC.