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Common Agricultural Policy

Volume 934: debated on Monday 27 June 1977

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he is able to give an assessment of the benefits gained for the British consumer from the agricultural policies which have been pursued as a result of United Kingdom entry to the EEC.

I cannot provide an overall assessment, because there is no way of knowing how prices for imported and home produced food would have moved if we had not joined the EEC. For particular details of the merits which the Government's agricultural policies have brought to the consumer I would refer the hon. Member to the many references made by my right hon. Friend on this subject, for example those in his report to the House on the outcome of the meeting of the Council of Ministers (Agriculture) on 25th–26th April.—[Vol. 930, c. 1234–53.1

CommodityWhite Paper Table No.Production1974–751976–77 forecastPercentage change
Beef and veal14Thousand tonnes1,1651,038-11
Mutton and lamb 14Thousand tonnes252252
Pigmeat14Thousand tonnes902811-10
Poultrymeat14Thousand tonnes622675+8½
Eggs17Million dozen1,1381,126-1
Milk (output for human consumption) 15Million litres13,36413,817+3½
Butter16Thousand tonnes5182+61
Cheese16Thousand tonnes225221-2
Wheat7Thousand tonnes6,1304,800-21½
Barley7Thousand tonnes9,1337,760-15
Potatoes9Thousand tonnes6,7914,596-32½