Mr Geraint Howells: Does the Minister not agree that the only way to expand production from the land is to give a realistic price for the end product? Is he aware that the cost of production has increased during the last six months? Has he any plans to introduce a special price review this autumn?
Mr Geraint Howells: asked the Secretary of State for Wales how his policies for Wales will be affected by the results of the referendum.
Mr Geraint Howells: In view of the serious economic situation of the country, can the Secretary of State give an assurance that the Welsh Development Agency and the Welsh Assembly proposals will not be shelved until 1980 or later?
Mr Geraint Howells: Is the hon. Gentleman suggesting that one generation of farming should work full working days to pay for his particular farm and at the end of his life hand over the farm to the State, and that the farmer's son should take over as tenant?
Mr Geraint Howells: asked the Secretary of State for Wales, if he is satisfied with the state of the dairy industry in Wales; and if he will make a statement.
Mr Geraint Howells: Will the Minister give an assurance that he will do everything in his power to prevent milk rationing this Christmas? Does he have any plans to import liquid milk?
Mr Geraint Howells: What representations, if any, has the Secretary of State had from both farmers' unions in Wales about unemployment?
Mr Geraint Howells: On behalf of my Liberal colleagues and myself, I should like to congratulate the Minister on his efforts in Luxembourg and on achieving a little extra financial aid for the agriculture industry. Does he not agree that stability and confidence will not be restored in the agriculture industry until producers have adequately recouped their costs like any other industry in Britain? Does the...
Mr Geraint Howells: For the first time since Britain became a member of the EEC we have the opportunity to discuss and express views upon the Community's stocktaking documents. When talking about the future of British agriculture in a European context we must bear in mind certain basic facts. The first is that the whole purpose of agriculture is to produce sufficient food to satisfy the needs of the British...
Mr Geraint Howells: I, too, wish to support what has been said so far in this debate, but I believe that a little clarification is required in case any money that is to come from European funds goes directly to the National Enterprise Board rather than to the Welsh Development Agency. I hope that we shall have an assurance that the money will be spent in Wales and will not go to the Board.
Mr Geraint Howells: Does the Minister agree that we have too many bodies trying to look after the economy in Wales, the economy of Mid-Wales in particular, and that it would be much wiser to coordinate policies within the framework of the Agency?
Mr Geraint Howells: On behalf of the Welsh Liberals, I congratulate the Secretary of State on making a move in the right direction. The need for some kind of development agency in Wales has been plain for some time, but I have reservations, and I believe that to achieve any sort of unified policy for Wales the Agency must come under the control of the Welsh Assembly. I consider it to be a defect in the Bill that...
Mr Geraint Howells: Is the Minister aware that many dairy producers in this country believe that they have lost the butter market to their counterparts within Europe? Will not the Minister agree that the dairy producers in this country need another 5p or 6p per gallon to cover their costs of production?
Mr Geraint Howells: asked the Secretary of State for Wales how many farms in Wales, currently receiving hill farm subsidies or grants, will be ineligible for EEC grants and subsidies under the less favoured areas directive.
Mr Geraint Howells: I am grateful to the Minister for that reply, but I know that he is aware of a speech made by the Prime Minister at Stoneleigh this year when he referred to the White Paper entitled "Food from our own resources", and if we are to fulfil that plan—
Mr Geraint Howells: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Would not the Minister agree that under the common agricultural policy the Government are entitled to pay a maximum of £4·05 for every hill ewe kept in this country? Present Government proposals are to pay £3·60. Why is there this discrepancy in payments to the hill farmers?
Mr Geraint Howells: I am aware that the right hon. and learned Gentleman has agreed to meet a deputation from Dyfed County Council within the next year. Will the Secretary of State visit representatives of Dyfed County Council once again and keep close liaison between the Welsh Office and the county council?
Mr Geraint Howells: Does the Minister expect another ultimatum from the trawlermen if his present proposals fail? If that comes about, how many Royal Navy ships will be needed to protect the trawlermen in the North Sea? What are the long-term policies and plans of the Minister to end the senseless cold cod war in the North Sea?
Mr Geraint Howells: Will the Minister say why the Government will not pay the hill cow subsidy in full, as recommended by his counterparts in Europe?
Mr Geraint Howells: I must first declare my interest as a practical hill farmer living on the slopes of Plynlimon, in Cardiganshire. These Regulations are mong the most important for the hill farming community, and I wish to make a special plea for the small hill farmers of Britain Many years ago, when I was farming at home with my mother and father, we received our first cheque from the Ministry in respect of...