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Food Import (Costs)

Volume 981: debated on Friday 28 March 1980

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what is the annual national and per capita cost of buying that part of the United Kingdom's food which is imported into the United Kingdom at European Economic Community rather than world prices; and what the total figure would be if this figure were added to the cost of the United Kingdom's net contribution to the European Economic Community for 1980–81.

The United Kingdom's estimated net budgetary contribution to the European Community in 1980–81 is given in"The Government's Expenditure Plans 1980–81 to 1983–84 ", Cmnd. 7841. An estimate for the additional non-budgetary cost to the United Kingdom of importing food at Community rather than world prices is not available for 1980–81 but is estimated to have been £210 million—or £3.76 per head—in 1979.