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Volume 82: debated on Monday 1 July 1985

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what quantity of category 3 wheat from the EEC is stored in the United Kingdom; what intervention price per tonne is paid for this wheat; where it is stored; and what it is used for.

Offerers are not required to state the category (or class) of wheat delivered into intervention, but it is probable that almost all of the 3·3 million tonnes of common wheat stored in the United Kingdom falls into class III: varieties not usually accepted for inclusion in breadmaking grists by United Kingdom millers. The common wheat intervention price rose from £113·05 per tonne to £127·36 per tonne over the first ten months of the current marketing year, and offerers receive the price for the month scheduled for delivery of their wheat into store. The wheat is held in 145 intervention stores in England and Scotland, and its main use would be for animal feed.