§ 24. Mr. Stodart
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he is satisfied that the information about agricultural matters which he receives from British embassies in the countries which are members of the European Economic Community is adequate, in view of our recent application for membership.
§ Mr. Stodart
On what does the right hon. Gentleman base his satisfaction, since the United States of America has four agricultural attaches in Paris, while we must rely on the half-time work of one commercial attaché?
§ Mr. J. E. B. Hill
Does not the Minister realise that it is his Ministerial responsibility to ensure that sufficient staff qualified in agricultural matters represent this country abroad? He knows full well that it is customary for experts from his Department to be seconded to the Foreign Service. I beg him not to dodge this important issue in this way.