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Special Sales (Butter)

Volume 124: debated on Tuesday 15 December 1987

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To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, pursuant to his reply of 4 December, Official Report, column 775–6, what amount of the total of 500,100 tonnes of special sales of butter to the Soviet Union between February and November was from the United Kingdom; and if he will make a statement.

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, pursuant to his reply of 4 December, Official Report, column 775–6, what was the average purchase price and storage cost, expressed in pence per pound, of the 500,100 tonnes of special sales of butter sent to the Soviet Union by the European Economic Community from February to November; and if he will make a statement.

[holding answer 14 December 1987]: The average purchase price of the butter sold by special sale to the USSR was approximately 88p per pound. I regret that information on the storage cost of the butter concerned is not available.