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Surplus Farm Products

Volume 76: debated on Monday 1 April 1985

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will list all the main European Economic Community farm products in store (surplus) for each of the past five years (a) by quantity, (b) by estimated days' supply and (c) by estimated value for the European Economic Community as a whole and for the United Kingdom separately.

I refer my hon. Friend to the reply given to my hon. Friend the Member for Gainsborough and Horncastle (Mr. Leigh) on 14 January, at column 30. The note referred to in that reply was updated on 13 March and I am sending my hon. Friend a copy. For details of quantities of EC stock levels of previous years I refer my hon. Friend to the further reply given to my hon. Friend the Member for Southend, East (Mr. Taylor) on 23 January, at column 451–52. Recent values of EC and United Kingdom food stocks were given in the reply to the hon. Member for Falkirk, West (Mr. Canavan) on 14 March, at column 423. Information on the value of Community stocks in previous years is provided in the Commission's annual reports on the agricultural situation in the Community which are available in the Library of the House.I will write to my hon. Friend with the other information as soon as possible.