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Volume 79: debated on Friday 24 May 1985

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will state the total amount of cut price Community butter available in the United Kingdom in the first three months of 1985; and what proportion of this is represented by 1 ton 5 cwts.

In the United Kingdom, 39,200 tonnes of butter was made available for sale at a reduced price under the EC's special sale scheme. Contracts for the purchase of this butter from the Intervention Board for Agricultural Produce had to be concluded between 16 November 1984 and 31 January 1985. The bulk of it went on retail sale during the first three months of 1985. Some quantities have been sold outside this period, but it is not possible to say exactly how much.One ton 5 cwts represents approximately 0ยท003 per cent. of the total quantity of butter made available under the special sale scheme.