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Volume 927: debated on Wednesday 2 March 1977

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what is the fob price of New Zealand cheese imported into the United Kingdom under the Treaty of Accession; and if he will quote this cost, transport, costs, wholesale and retail margins, and EEC levies and taxes, respectively, in pence per pound of the retail price.

Information on fob prices of cheese in New Zealand and details of transport arrangements and costs are not readily available. The New Zealand cheese now being sold was imported some months ago at a price, including monetary compensatory amounts, equivalent to between 30·8p and 33·9p per lb. It incurred an EEC net variable levy of between 7·5p and 4·4p per lb. The first-hand price now being charged is equivalent to about 40·7p per lb. and the retail price during January averaged 51·6p per lb.