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Volume 887: debated on Monday 3 March 1975

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he has been informed of the communications sent by the EEC Commission to Commonwealth sugar suppliers concerning deliveries of sugar quotas to the United Kingdom; what was the nature of these communications; and if he will make a statement.

I am fully aware of the telegrams sent by the EEC Commission to certain ACP sugar-producing countries. Their purpose was to establish whether any further quantities of sugar could be sent to the United Kingdom during the period up to 30th June 1975, when our requirements are greatest. In the event, no supplying country was able to send any additional quantities. This outcome in no way affects the annual quotas agreed with the ACP countries.