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New Zealand Butter

Volume 972: debated on Thursday 25 October 1979

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what is his policy in relation to the import of butter from New Zealand.

New Zealand's right of access to the United Kingdom butter market was protected by protocol 18 of the Act of Accession, and the original provision was extended in 1976 to allow imports of specified quantities up to the end of 1980. We share New Zealand's concern that the levy associated with these arrangements should be set at a level which allows her to make full use of her entitlement, and that satisfactory arrangements providing continuing access for New Zealand butter after 1980 should be concluded as quickly as possible.