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Volume 958: debated on Thursday 16 November 1978

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will bring forward proposals to reduce dependence on imported butter.

Our dependence on imported butter has been reduced considerably in recent years as a result of the encouragement the Government have given to the expansion of milk production in the United Kingdom, and I am confident that present levels of profitability within the industry will provide a further stimulus to production.