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Sugar

Volume 78: debated on Thursday 9 May 1985

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will estimate how the proposed minimum price for B quota sugar compares with the cost of production on a large sugar beet farm; and if he will publish in the Official Report a table giving the breakdown of costs on a representative large sugar beet farm in 1984 or 1983.

Sugar beet is grown as a single crop and it is not meaningful to relate costs of production to A B or C quota sugar.

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (1) whether he will publish in the Official Report a table showing for 1973 and each of the past five years the export restitutions on exports of white sugar and the quantities exported, together with the levies on imports of raw sugar;(2) whether he will publish in the

Official Report a table showing for 1973 and each of the past five years the threshold target and intervention prices for white sugar, the basic beet price, the amount and price for A and B quota sugar beet, the amount of the import levy on raw and white sugar and net exports of white sugar.

The information requested on import levies is not readily available and an be obtained only at disproportionate cost. The other information can be obtained for the most recent years from the Commission's publication "The Agricultural Situation in the Community" report 1984. Similar information for the earlier years is contained in previous reports. Copies of these are available in the Library of the House.

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food whether he will publish in the Official Report a table showing for each year since 1970 the United Kingdom price for white sugar compared with the world price.

The information requested is given in the table:

United Kingdom price for white sugar* £/tWorld price for white sugar‡ £/t
1970–71N/A197040·70
1971–72N/A197146·92
Estimated EC Production of Cereals, 1984
'000 tonnes
GermanyFranceItalyNetherlandsBelgium and LuxembourgUnited KingdomIrelandDenmarkGreeceEC10
Common wheat10,22332,6505,4511,1201,26614,7475972,4451,73470,232
Durum wheat5594,685248936,161
Barley10,28411,7001,63419392411,0991,6016,07284044,347
Maize1,02610,2006,828421,99220,088
Oats2,9731,89043865126549137157546,389
Rye1,9833202525392960863,035
Sorghum4211072530

Source: EC Commission

United Kingdom price for white sugar* £/t

while price for white sugar‡ £/t

1972–73N/A197273·80
1973–7491·431973101·06
1974–75†113·901974310·03
1975–76160·311975219·94
1976–77194·461976155·90
1977–78208·841977114·88
1978–79231·291978101·21
1979–80258·521979114·73
1980–81293·061980294·34
1981–82319·911981201·92
1982–83351·831982118·77
1983–84364·571983139·32
1984–85364·571984N/A

* For 1970–71 to 1972–73 no guaranteed prices for white sugar were set in the United Kingdom. The prices shown for 1973–74 onwards are the intervention prices for white sugar which from 1977–78 include the storage levy.

† There were two price settlements in 1974. The price shown is that fixed in the autumn.
‡ There is no single world price for sugar. The prices shown are the average London daily price which is representative of the word price.

Source: International Sugar Organisation.

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what is the basis for the proposed increase in the price of sugar under the common agricultural policy.

The information requested can be found in volume 1 of the European Commission's proposals concerning the fixing of prices for agricultural products for 1985–86 (explanatory memorandum 4582/85 dated 28 February 1985) a copy of which is in the Library.