§ 14. Mr. Marten
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will make a statement on the EEC price review.
§ Mr. John Silkin
My central objective in this year's CAP price negotiations is a freeze on common prices to reduce surpluses and cut the cost of the CAP to the consumer and the taxpayer.
§ Mr. Marten
In view of the slight feeling of some hon. Members on this side of the House that the Labour Party is trying to say that the Conservative Party is not backing up the Government when they stand up to the EEC, does the Minister find it useful that he can say to his Community co-Ministers that the Conservative Party supports him on the price freeze and that if he departs from that approach he might have great trouble and be unable to get the matter through the House of Commons?
§ Mr. Silkin
When I go to Brussels I always quote the hon. Gentleman in firm evidence and alliance on this matter.
§ Mr. Peyton
Will the right hon. Gentleman keep in mind the fact that his right hon. Friend the Member for Battersea, North (Mr. Jay) is as inaccurate in what he has just said as he is on many other matters?
§ Mr. Silkin
I do not think that my right hon. Friend is all that inaccurate. I took the precaution of reading the debates that took place in the price fixing in 1977. I recommend the right hon. Gentleman to read them again.