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Ec (Subsidised Food And Wine)

Volume 77: debated on Wednesday 24 April 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make it his policy to withhold approval of any proposals in the Council of Ministers to increase the resources of the Common Market until that organisation agrees to refrain from the policy of selling food and wine to the Soviet Union at subsidised prices.

The Council of Ministers agreed in March a draft new own resources text which incorporates in Community legislation the agreement reached by Heads of Government at Fontainebleau last year. Parliamentary approval will be sought in due course for the introduction of new own resources in this way.

The Soviet Union, like any other third country, is free to buy agricultural exports from the Community at world prices. We remain opposed to any specially favourable arrangements for the Soviet Union.