169. Regulation of marketing of agricultural produce in the United Kingdom.

The marketing of agricultural produce in the United Kingdom is principally governed by the Common Agricultural Policy of the European Union (CAP) and by directly applicable European legislation on price support and maintenance1. Although certain elements of the domestic legislation providing for guaranteed prices and markets for produce remain in force2, their effect is largely superseded by the European legislation, and domestic provision in this field is now focused on improving the efficiency of the marketing of agricultural and horticultural produce as outlined below:

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    (1)     The Agricultural Marketing Act 1958 provides a framework within which the marketing of agricultural