asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what is his policy with regard to the import of cheese from New Zealand for the years 1977–78 and 1978–79.
Arrangements for the import of cheese from New Zealand in 1977 were made under Protocol 18 of the Treaty of Accession. A decision on imports for the period thereafter has yet to be taken in the framework established by the Dublin Declaration of 11th March 1975.—[Vol. 888, c. 521.]
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if, pursuant to his reply of 2nd March, he will now take steps to obtain the fob and transport costs, respectively, in pence per pound of New Zealand cheese retailed in the United Kingdom in January at 51·6 pence per pound and publish the results in the Official Report.
Information on fob prices for specific destinations and details of transport arrangements and costs are not published for reasons of commercial confidentiality. Such matters are for the New Zealand Dairy Board to negotiate.