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Volume 205: debated on Friday 6 March 1992

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To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how much was spent on public storage and food aid and for each commodity in (a) the EC and (b) the United Kingdom, for each year since 1987, including 1991.

The information is given in the following tables.It should be noted that the tables for expenditure on public storage in the EC and the United Kingdom are not compatible because EC budget costs cover depreciation losses, whereas member states pay out the full buying-in price and carry the depreciated value until sale.Expenditure on food aid cannot be broken down by commodity, and the EC total figure for 1987 cannot be provided within the time available. Figures for 1991 are not available.

1— Figure is less than £50,000.

Source: Appropriation Accounts 1987–88 to 1990–91 and Spring Supplementary Estimate 1991–92, for Class IV. vote 1, 1987–88 to 1989–90 and Class III, vote 1, 1990–91 to 1991–92.


Expenditure includes intervention purchases, incidental costs (including storage) less sales. At times sales receipts are greater than payments.

This expenditure excludes receipts from the EC budget for depreciation on entry, losses on sales, etc.

(c) Expenditure on food aid

£ million

January to December






United Kingdom total21·619·331·415·928·7
EC total333292341N/a

N/a—Not available.


Figures for 1987–90 taken from British Aid Statistics. The figures for 1991 are provisional

United Kingdom figures do not include United Kingdom contributions to EC food aid which are reflected in EC figures.