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Marketing Boards

Volume 934: debated on Tuesday 28 June 1977

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will make a statement on the consequences for the powers of British agricultural marketing boards which arise from the European Court ruling disallowing quota marketing of Dutch broilers.

I am aware of the case to which the hon. Member refers, and its implications, if any, for the Marketing Boards are being studied. We are discussing the future of the Marketing Boards with the Commission. The boards' activities naturally have to be consistent with the Treaty of Rome and EEC Regulations, and we are seeking solutions which fully meet the Government's aim, which is to maintain those functions of the boards which are essential to the orderly marketing of the products concerned.