§ Sir Geoffrey Johnson Smith
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what was the outcome of the Council of Agriculture Ministers' meeting held in Brussels on 22 to 23 April; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Jopling
With my hon. Friend the Minister of State in my Department, I represented the United Kingdom at the meeting of the Agriculture Council on 22 and 23 April 1985.
The Italian presidency presented a paper on 1985–86 CAP prices which they hoped might facilitate progress. However, it became clear during the meeting that it did not form the basis for a settlement.
Discussion will resume at the next meeting of the Council beginning on 2 May. Further compromise proposals from the presidency and/or the Commission are expected to be put forward. The President has stated that this meeting will continue for so long as is necessary to reach a conclusion.
The Council agreed to extend the 1984–85 marketing years for beef and veal, sheepmeat, milk products, dried fodder and cauliflowers to 5 May.