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Common Agricultural Policy

Volume 87: debated on Monday 18 November 1985

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what is the Government's response to the European Community consultative document on reform of the common agricultural policy, the so-called Green Book.

The Government have welcomed this opportunity to review the CAP and in particular the emphasis given in the Commission's Green Paper "Perspectives for the CAP" to a more market-oriented price policy. When the paper was discussed by Community Agriculture Ministers in Luxembourg on 24 September I gave my support to the Commission for putting price policy at the centre of its strategy. Whatever other measures we may consider, either at Community or national level to help agriculture to adjust to the changing situation, they will not succeed unless linked to an effective price policy.