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Spain (Unfair Competition)

Volume 33: debated on Wednesday 1 December 1982

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what safeguards the Government will seek to obtain to protect British farmers from any increased or unfair competition on the accession of Spain to the European Economic Community.

I believe that British farmers will for the most part find no difficulty in competing successfully with Spanish producers. In those sectors, notably in horticulture, where that competition is likely to be most intense, my main aim will be to secure an adequate transitional period to allow time for adjustment. Any instances of unfair competition would fall to be dealt with by the Commission under the Treaty in the normal way.