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Butter

Volume 940: debated on Wednesday 30 November 1977

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food whether the Common Market butter which was sold to Russia at cheap prices was subject to the same type of levy, which is imposed on imported New Zealand butter, when it was resold to Italy; and if he will make a statement.

Special levies apply to imports of New Zealand butter under the arrangements set out in Protocol 18 of the Treaty of Accession. All other imports of butter are subject to the common levy, which is over twice as high. The European Commission is inquiring into allegations about the reimportation of EEC butter into Italy, and we await the result of that inquiry.