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Dairy Industry

Volume 974: debated on Thursday 29 November 1979

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he is

Member StateMain rate applicable of foodOther rates
Per cent.Per cent.
Belgium616Soft drinks
France717·6Certain soft drinks, margarine, confectionery
Germany6·513Certain shellfish and soft drinks
Ireland010Fruit juices, ice-cream, confectionery, biscuits, potato crisps and the like
Italy61Bread, flour, fresh fish and milk, pasta
3Butter, cheese, eggs, grapes, tomato conserves, fresh and dried vegetables, rice, sugar
18Beef, veal etc
35Smoked salmon and sturgeon, caviar, truffles, confectionery containing sugar, chocolate
Luxembourg52Certain meat, dairy and bakery products
10Margarine, confectionery, shellfish
Netherlands418Soft drinks and confectionery
United Kingdom015Ice-cream, chocolate, confectionery, biscuits, soft drinks, potato crisps and the like
In addition, all member States charge VAT on alcoholic drinks at positive rates.

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has received about the proposal to abandon monthly value added tax repayments; and whether he is now reconsidering the proposal in the light of its effect on working capital in industry at a time of high interest rates.

satisfied with the long-term prospects for the dairy sector of the United Kingdom agriculture industry.

I believe the structure and efficiency of our dairy industry provide a sound basis for its long-term future.