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Potato Exports (Subsidy)

Volume 886: debated on Wednesday 19 February 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether United Kingdom ware subsidy was paid on Maris Peer seed exported to Portugal between 1971 and the present date; whether these seeds were processed through the Seed Potato Marketing Board (Northern Ireland); and whether they were included in the finalised tonnage figure, exported, as issued by the Seed Potato Marketing Board at the end of season.

Subsidy under a United Kingdom ware export allowance scheme was paid on Maris Peer potatoes shipped to Portugal from Northern Ireland in 1972 provided that they satisfied the conditions of that scheme. I understand that although most of these potatoes were purchased from the Seed Potato Marketing Board by the exporting merchants the board had no involvement either in the export arrangements or in the acceptance of the shipments for subsidy payments; and the tonnage involved was not included in the finalised tonnage figure of exports for the season subsequently issued by the board.

asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much United Kingdom ware subsidy has been paid on ware potatoes shipped to Syria since spring 1972.

A United Kingdom export allowance amounting to £23,545·80 was paid on Northern Ireland ware potatoes exported to Syria in 1972. No subsidy has been paid since.