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Subsidies

Volume 885: debated on Tuesday 28 January 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Prices and Consumer Protection what is the estimated cost, in a full year, of subsidies on butter, milk, bread, cheese, tea, and household flour, respectively.

The table below shows the estimated cost of continuing the subsidies at their present rates for a full year. The actual level of expenditure in the coming year will depend on decisions still to be taken on the prices of subsidised foods.

£ million
Bread79
Butter69*
Cheese59
Household flour8
Milk335
Tea31
Total581
* In addition about £11 million per annum is at present being contributed from EEC funds.