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Surplus Cereals And Beef

Volume 81: debated on Thursday 20 June 1985

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what is the current total of surplus cereals and beef in EEC public and private intervention; and what estimate he has made of the increase in such stocks by the end of 1985.

Regarding storage figures of cereals and beef held in public intervention and private storage in the European Community I refer the hon. Member 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 18 June. It is not possible to forecast the level of stocks at the end of 1985 which will depend on a number of factors including the size of the cereals harvest and market developments.