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Brandt Commission (Food Security)

Volume 984: debated on Tuesday 6 May 1980

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asked the Prime Minister what is Her Majesty's Government's policy towards the Brandt Commission proposal that international food security should be assured through the early establishment of an international grains arrangement, larger international emergency reserves, and the establishment of a food financing facility; and whether Her Majesty's Government will take an international initiative in this matter.

The Government are studying the detailed recommendations of the Brandt Commission's report and will make their views known as soon as possible. As regards international food security, we agree generally with the basic aims of the Commission's proposals. In particular, we shall continue to work with our Community partners for a new international grains arrangement, including internationally controlled reserves, which we believe would be an important element in improving food security in the world.