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Food (Import Levies)

Volume 894: debated on Monday 23 June 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Prices and Consumer Protection if she will make it her policy to resist the imposition of the further stages of Common Market levies on foodstuffs imported from elsewhere until such time as the rise in the United Kingdom cost of living has been halted.

Levies on imports into the United Kingdom are at present abated by the value of accession compensatory amounts. The transitional stages towards the adoption of EEC prices and farm support mechanisms, including levies, is determined by the Treaty of Accession. The Government are resolved, however, to ensure that the future development of the CAP takes greater account of the interests of the consumer.