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Sugar

Volume 978: debated on Wednesday 6 February 1980

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how United Kingdom yields of beet sugar per hectare for the last 10 years compare with those in the EEC countries both on average and for variability.

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how United Kingdom yields of beet sugar per hectare for the last 10 years compare with those in the EEC countries both on average and for variability.

1969–70—1978ߝ; 79

Production of best sugar per hectare—tonnes white sugar equivaent—

much quota B and quota C sugar has been grown in the United Kingdom since entry to the EEC; and how this compares with production in other EEC countries over the same period.

The table below shows the quantities of B quota and so-called C quota sugar—sugar produced outside maximum quotas—produced in each member State since 1973:

'000 tonnes white sugar equivalent

Year (July/June)

United Kingdom

DenmarkGermanyFranceIrelandItalyNetherlands Belgium/Luxembourg
1973–74:
B quota48448958268282
C quota635932513386
1974–75:
B quota924467571657
C quota1711
1975–76:
B quota613324425105151
C quota889
1976–77:
B quota5547919734113415
C quota46553646
1977–78:
B quota1156778576110448
C quota7816352938
1978–79:
B quota795406936255191150
C quota2335403871
1979–80: (provisional)
B quota609054269626817537
C quota14291754113198

Source:

EEC Commission.

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what is the yearly tonnage of United Kingdom sugar supplies provided by United Kingdom beet sugar, sugar from United Kingdom refineries and European Economic Community white sugar, since the coming into force of the present European Economic Community sugar regulations.

'000 tonnes white sugars
Year (July/June)Sugar from United Kingdom beetSugar from refineries in United KingdomWhite sugar imported from EEC
1975–766411,637271
1976–77643*1,354224
1977–78857*1,460255
1978–79954*1,301139
* Excludes raw sugar subsequently refined in a cane refinery.

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, in the light of the opposition of the Government of the EEC proposals for a reduced EEC sugar quota, Whether it is the policy of Her Majesty's Government to join the International sugar Agreement.

The Government are pressing for Community accession to the International Sugar Agreement on suitable terms and has supported the Commission's proposed cut in total EEC production quotas, which should facilitate accession.

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what was the quantity and value of the surplus production of beet sugar throughout the EEC during 1979.

Total Community production and consumption of sugar in the 1979–80 marketing year are expected to be about 12·2 million tonnes and 9·5 million tonnes respectively. An estimate of the value of the surplus would have to take into account the 1·3 million tonnes of imports from the ACP countries, the level of unsubsidised exports of C quota sugar and the contributions from the production levy on B quota sugar together with the level of world prices throughout the period. No reliable estimate of value is available.

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what was the amount of the financial subsidy paid by the EEC to sugar beet growers throughout the Community during 1979.

the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what is the yearly tonnage of United Kingdom sugar supplies provided by United Kingdom beet sugar, sugar from United Kingdom refineries and EEC white sugar, since the coming into force of the present EEC sugar regulations.

The EEC does not pay a subsidy directly to sugar beet growers. It does, however, set a minimum beet price which the sugar manufacturers must pay to the beet producers from whom they have accepted contracts. For the 1979–80 marketing year the United Kingdom minimum price for beet produced within the basic quota is 33·40 ECU/tonne—£20·66/tonne at the current representative rate of exchange.