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Agricultural Prices

Volume 81: debated on Tuesday 25 June 1985

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if the European Economic Community Commission has on any occasion reduced agricultural prices without the prior authority of the Council of Ministers; and if he will make a statement.

The European Commission decided on 19 June 1985 that, in the absence of decisions by the Council of Ministers on support prices for cereals and rapeseed for 1985–86, it would adopt precautionary measures to manage the markets for these commodities pending the Council's final decisions. The Commission has stated that these measures would include, broadly, the application of a reduction of 1·8 per cent. to the 1984–85 prices for these commodities.