§ Mr. Watkinson
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what are the latest EEC predictions of the effect of the drought on food production in Europe.
§ Mr. Bishop
The Council of Agriculture Ministers on 19th-20th July had a full discussion on the consequences of the drought for the Community and decided on a number of measures which are listed in Council Press Release 877/76 (Presse 89), copies of which are available in the Library of the House. The Commission has not published precise estimates of the effect of the drought on food production, but a comprehensive report is being prepared for the next meeting of the Council of Agriculture Ministers.