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Bananas (Marketing)

Volume 892: debated on Friday 23 May 1975

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what assessment he has made of the likely consequences of the recent European Court of Justice ruling condemning French national restrictions on the market for bananas on the grounds that they contravene Article 3 of the Rome Treaty; and, in particular, what will the impact be on national marketing arrangements for sheepmeat, potatoes, alcohol, vinegar and cut flowers.

This judgment is a complex one and its implications are being closely studied by my Department. It is, however, too early to say whit its consequences will be.