HC Deb 17 January 1968 vol 756 c587W
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.