§ Mr. Derek Page
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food whether he will seek powers to advise small growers on suitable forms of contract for sale of their produce.
§ Mr. John Mackie
Consideration of the form of contract offered by a buyer is, in the first instance, a matter for the grower88W
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himself, but the small grower could with advantage sell his produce through a marketing co-operative who would themselves consider the suitability of the form of contract. In cases of difficulty, the grower or co-operative would do best to seek help from one or other of the farming organisations. I do not think it would be appropriate for me to provide advice on the merits of individual forms of contract.