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Food Sales

Volume 109: debated on Saturday 2 May 1987

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what recent sales of food have been negotiated in relation to the provision of butter and beef to the Soviet Union; and what is the sale price in terms of pence per pound.

[pursuant to his reply, 3 February 1987, c. 574.]: The most recent sale of butter to the USSR was in November 1986. None was sold from the United Kingdom. Had any sales taken place from the United Kingdom, the price would have been approximately 10p/lb.The regulation under which intervention beef could have been made available to traders for bulk sales to third countries including the USSR, was agreed in December 1985. No sales have taken place recently from the United Kingdom. The most recent prices (in sterling terms) at which this beef would have been made available to traders are as follows:

  • Bone-in forequarters: 32/lb.
  • Bone-in hindquarters: 49p/lb.
  • Boneless cuts: 38p to 59p/lb depending on the cut.

These prices include export refunds and United Kingdom mcas where applicable.

The prices at which sales to the USSR are concluded are a matter for the traders concerned.