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Volume 983: debated on Friday 25 April 1980

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what is the latest average price paid for wool; what was the price two years ago; and how this compares with the cost of sheep production during this period.

The latest estimate of the average price paid by the British Wool Marketing Board to producers for wool from the 1979 clip is 97·66p per kilogramme. The final average price for the 1977 clip was 93·20p per kilogramme. This increase of 4·8 per cent. compares with an increase of some 4·2 per cent. in the price obtained by the board for the sale of wool. Sheep

[pursuant to his reply, 24 April 1980, c.207]: The actuel output of each CEGB Magnox station is given below. The load factor calculated on the basis of the declared net capability is shown in column 3 and on the basis of original design net output in column 4 Information supplied to the EEC, on the basis requested by the commission, is that sat out in columns 1, 2 and 3.production costs are estimated to have risen by about 40 per cent. between 1977 and 1979, but costs were particularly high in 1979 because of the bad winter.