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Food Prices

Volume 930: debated on Wednesday 27 April 1977

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food further to his Written Answer to the right hon. Member for Battersea North, (Mr. Jay) Official Report, 21st April 1977, column 121, what is the exact timing of the direct food price rises referred to in 1977; and what will be the relevant percentage price rise in each commodity mentioned.

The next transitional steps are due to take place for butter and cheese on 1st May; for beef on 2nd May; and for pigmeat, eggs, poultry and cereals on 1st August. The final step is due in each case by the end of the year. The retail equivalent of the changes in CAP institutional prices arising from the remaining two transitional steps related to recent average retail prices is approximately 4 per cent. for beef, 2 per cent. for pigmeat, 2 per cent. for poultrymeat, 4 per cent. for eggs, 20 per cent. for butter, 8 per cent. for cheese, up to 4 per cent. for bread, and 8 per cent. for flour.