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European Community (Intervention Surplus Sales)

Volume 950: debated on Wednesday 24 May 1978

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the Common Market Commission to ensure that any future sales on sub-economic terms of intervention surplus supplies will be only to those countries known by Her Majesty's Government to comply strictly with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The Government's policy is to minimise agricultural surpluses but that when they do occur, Community consumers should benefit whenever possible. The consideration which my hon. Friend has raised would of course be borne in mind in the Government's examination of any proposal by the Commission for the sale of agricultural surpluses on concessional terms outside the Community.