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Surplus Butter (Sales)

Volume 982: debated on Thursday 17 April 1980

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will urge the EEC Council of Ministers to cease exporting surplus butter to the Soviet Union and instead make it available at the subsidised price to old people's homes, hospitals and schools in the Community countries.

The Government are totally opposed to the sale of subsidised butter to the Soviet Union and will continue to press for further Community restrictions on such sales. A scheme already exists under which non-profit-making organisations in the European Community, including old people's homes, hospitals and schools, may purchase intervention butter at a substantially reduced price.