§ Mr. Marlow
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food why he did not include agricultural assistance given by the West German Government in the assessment of contraventions of terms of the common agricultural policy given in his answer of 19 February, Official Report, c. 227.
§ Mr. Buchanan-Smith
I have no evidence of State aid to German farming which is in conflict with Community rules. Interest rate subsidies are acceptable within the Community if they fall within the rules laid down in the relevant directive. If my hon. Friend has any evidence of aid which might contravene the Treaty of Rome, I should be very glad to receive it.