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Farming, Basildon

Volume 205: debated on Monday 16 March 1992

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To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what special assistance has been made available to help farming in Basildon over the past five years.

Farmers in Basildon, as elsewhere in the United Kingdom, have benefited from the Government's determination to ensure fair treatment for British farmers under the common agricultural policy. This has already led to the virtual eradication of green pound discrimination, it has ensured a growing consensus for a fair alternative to Mr. MacSharry's proposals and it will continue to mean that Britain will not accept measures that distort agriculture to the detriment of our farming community.