§ 83. Mr. Deedes
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what progress has been made in reviewing the consequences of devaluation on food import prices; and what decisions have been reached on future levels of home production in cereals, livestock and horticulture.
§ Mr. Peart:
Import prices for food are determined by many factors and although some prices will inevitably rise as a result of devaluation, it is impossible to isolate this factor with any degree of accuracy. I shall, of course, be discussing the production of cereals and livestock required from home agriculture with the Farmers' Unions at the Annual Review and I cannot anticipate the outcome. The Government do not determine levels of production for horticultural crops: our policy for horticulture continues to be directed towards improving the industry's competitive efficiency.