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Support Prices (Quantification)

Volume 526: debated on Thursday 29 April 1954

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asked the Minister of Agriculture whether the Government will now give an assurance that in connection with the support prices for agriculture they will not be subjected to any measure of quantification throughout 1954.

The guarantees for 1954 have already been determined. The guarantee for milk is related to standard quantities in the different marketing areas. No quantitive limitation has been included in the guarantees for other commodities.

Could we have an assurance that there will be no further alterations in 1954? Does not my right hon. Friend realise that the greatest difficulty is uncertainty and delay? Does he not realise that there is no real stability as long as alterations are made? [An HON. MEMBER: "Reading."] I am not reading. I have never read anything in my life. I am speaking from my heart, and not from the books.

Perhaps my hon. Friend would read the White Paper, the 1954 Annual Review, particularly paragraph 13.