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Volume 15: debated on Wednesday 16 December 1981

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will now press for better European Economic Commission basic prices for pigmeat, as well as improved import protection, in view of the expansion of the United Kingdom breeding herd, the availability of cereals at lower prices, and the consequent prospects for a revival in the industry.

Negotiations to fix Community prices for 1982–83, including the basic price for pigmeat, are expected to start shortly. I shall take into account in the discussions all the relevant factors, including those mentioned by the hon. Member.