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Agricultural Products (Storage)

Volume 957: debated on Thursday 9 November 1978

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food by how much the agricultural industries of each EEC country have contributed to the current stocks of agricultural products held or financed by the EEC.

The current level of stocks held by each member State, based on recent information, is as shown in the table. In some cases, the figures include commodities originating in one member State but held in intervention stores by another. It is not possible to show these separately.

AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS HELD IN INTERVENTION AND PRIVATE STORAGE SCHEMES (FEOGA AIDED)

Product

Belgium

Denmark

France

Germany

Italy

Ireland

Luxembourg

Netherlands

United Kingdom

Butter (tonnes)33,50213,18089,405179,93321032,0452,97681,48669,318
SMP (tonnes)87,35128,39532,890537,3746,23038,4835,99153,47673,888
Cheese (tonnes)17,99037,934
Beef (tonnes)1027,49790,66132,15049,66111,19514,415
Table Wine ('000 hl)3,4631023,02511
Grape Must ('000 hl)363155
Concentrated Grape Must ('000 hl)1625
Breadmaking Wheat (tonnes)25,196621,303171,0793,082
Barley (tonnes)8,651127,20120,764
Rye (tonnes)33,698479,8732,783
Durum (tonnes)69,864

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will publish in the Official Report a table similar to that published on 16th June 1977 showing the EEC appropriations in respect of public and private storage for

EUROPEAN AGRICULTURAL GUIDANCE AND GUARANTEE FUND—GUARANTEE SECTION 1977 EXPENDITURE AND 1978 APPROPRIATIONS IN RESPECT OF PUBLIC AND PRIVATE STORAGE
CommodityChapterArticle or ItemHeading1977 Expenditure (MUA)1978 Appropriations (MEUA)
Cereals606015Buying in and subsequent operations21·193·0
Rice61611*Intervention in respect of rice0·11·0
Milk and Milk626213Private storage (of skimmed milk)Token entry
Products.6214Public storage and special disposal measures (in relation to skimmed milk)250·1391·0
6220Private storage (of butter and cream)36·442·0
6221Public storage and special measures for the disposal of public stocks of butter186·5297·8
6230Storage of cheese14·910·0
487·9740·8
Oils and Fats636311Storage (of olive oil)9·215·0
6331Storage (of colza, rape and sunflower seeds)1·0
9·216·0
Sugar646413Public storage1·62·0
Beef and Veal656510Private storage61·833·0
6511Public storage177·8218·3
239·6251·3
Pigmeat66661*Intervention in respect of pigmeat6·918·0
Wine696910Aid for private storage36·161·5
6911Aid for the re-storage of table wines1·12·0
37·263·5
Tobacco707011Storage7·19·2
Fisheries717111Aid for private storage1·0
Flax and Hemp73730*Intervention in respect of flax and hemp13·815·0
Total824·51,210·8
(£343·5m)(£791·4m)
Notes:
1. The figures for 1978 are drawn from the general budget of the European Communities for the financial year 1978 (OJ Vol. 21 No. L36 of 6th February 1978) as amended by supplementary budget No. 2 (OJ Vol. 21 No. L121 of 8th May 1978) and do not therefore take account of later developments. Those for 1977 are taken from the draft budget document for 1979 adopted by the Council on 18th July 1978.
2. The figures do not include the effect of the double rate of conversion since a separate budget entry was made for the total effect in both years and was not broken down by commodity. The total for 1977 storage costs in mua has been converted to sterling at the rate of 2.4ua=£1 and that for 1978 in meua at 1·53ua=£1.

1977 and the provision made in the EEC budget for 1978.

The information requested is set out in the table below which should be read in conjunction with the notes.

3. Budget heads marked with an asterisk (*) include expenditure on aid other than storage as follows:—

(a) Rice (article 611)Production refunds and subsidy for supplies to the French overseas Department of Réunion
(b) Pigmeat (article 661)Measures to encourage consumption of pigmeat e.g. advertising
(c) Flax and hemp (article 730)Acreage payments

4. The cost of sugar storage refunds (item 6412) has not been included because this relates to an orderly marketing rather than an intervention buying and storage measure. Producers and refiners pay a levy which, taking one year with another, equals the cost of the refunds.