asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what are the present quotas of raspberry pulp from each of the Eastern European countries to the EEC; and what changes are planned in these quotas.
As details of the present EEC quotas are necessarily extensive and complex I would refer the hon. Member to the Official Journal of the European Communities of 21st April 1975 (No. L99/7) which is available in the Library of the House and where full information is given. I am also sending the hon. Member a copy. These quotas are due to be abolished under proposals at present being discussed in the Council for removing quantitative restrictions on imports of a whole range of processed fruit and vegetable products from third countries. In order to safeguard the interests of Community soft fruit producers it is proposed that imports of raspberry pulp from the State-trading countries should be strictly monitored under a system of surveillance of imports.