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Policy White Paper

Volume 934: debated on Tuesday 28 June 1977

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food whether he has any plans for a review of agriculture; and if he will make a statement.

"Food from Our Own Resources" has provided valuable guidelines for agricultural policy, and I believe the basic strategy and production priorities are still valid. But there have been changes in several areas since its publication and agricultural production has been badly hit by adverse weather. In agreement with my agricultural colleagues, I have accordingly decided to undertake a thorough review of the White Paper. I envisage consultations to that end with the organisations concerned in the autumn. As a preliminary step I am inviting organisations to let me have their views in writing.