§ 1. Mr. Peter Mills
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what arrangements he has made for consultations with the Ministers of Agriculture of the Common Market countries.
§ The Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (Mr. Fred Peart)
No special arrangements have been made.
§ Mr. Godber
Could not the Minister go a little further? Will he say whether 442 the attitude of the British Government is the same as it was before the election, namely, that he would expect others to adopt the British deficiency payment system if we join the Common Market rather than our adopting the Common Market system?
§ Mr. Peart
I am sure that the right hon. Gentleman will know quite clearly what the attitude of the British Government is. It has been repeated so often by my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister. Above all, we have always said that we must bear in mind essential and vital British interests, including agriculture.