asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what progress he has made in discussions with EEC Agricultural Ministers in relation to a new support policy for beef.
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what agreements have been made in relation to a deficiency payment structure for beef production.
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food whether he will give an undertaking that beef produced in this country will not be bought into intervention.
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will make a statement on the new EEC beef support system, and indicate what guaranteed price producers will receive as a result of the EEC farm price talks on 10th to 13th February.
I would refer the hon. Members to the statement which I made to the House on 17th February.For the United Kingdom there will be a target price for the period March 1975 to February 1976 of £22·85 per live cwt. for clean cattle. This should provide producers with an average return of between £22 and £23 per live cwt. The intention will be to provide reasonable seasonal variations in producers' returns. Monthly target prices will be announced three months in advance to give fatteners more specific guidance on the intended return. The target prices for the first three months will be as follows:
|March 3 to March 29||£22·55 per live cwt.|
|March 31 to April 26||£22·80 per live cwt.|
|April 28 to May 31||£23·20 per live cwt.|