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Food Prices

Volume 892: debated on Wednesday 21 May 1975

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what was the guaranteed price and/or minimum import price in the United Kingdom on 1st January 1971 and 1st January 1975 for all food now subject to EEC agreements and common agricultural policies; and how these prices compare with the present or prospective price payable on the Continent and in the United Kingdom under such agreements and policies.

Information on United Kingdom support prices, including the United Kingdom minimum import prices for cereals, and on EEC support prices applicable in the Six and, where appropriate in the United Kingdom, is given for the period 1967–68 to 1974–75 in booklets entitled "EEC common and UK Transition Prices" prepared by my Department. Copies of the booklets are available in the Library of the House. On 1st January 1971 there were also United Kingdom

decisions still to be taken. The Government have made it clear that the removal of food subsidies will be a gradual process. Milk not required for liquid consumption is needed for domestic production of a range of dairy products.