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Intervention Stocks

Volume 227: debated on Monday 28 June 1993

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To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (1) what quantity of intervention stocks by commodity is held in England; and what the figures were (a) 12 months ago, (b) 24 months ago, (c) 36 months ago and (d) 48 months ago;(2) what quantity of intervention stocks, by commodity, is held in Northern Ireland; and what the figures were

(a) 12 months ago, (b) 24 months ago (c) 36 months ago and (d) 48 months ago;

(3) what quantity of intervention stocks, by commodity, is held in Scotland; and what the figures were (a) 12 months ago. (b) 24 months ago, (c) 36 months ago and (d) 48 months ago;

(4) what quantity of intervention stocks, by commodity, is held in Wales; and what the figures were (a) 12 months ago, (b) 24 months ago, (c) 36 months ago and (d) 48 months ago.

Responsibility for this matter is delegated to the Intervention Board Executive Agency and I have asked the chief executive to reply to the hon. Gentleman direct.

Letter from Guy Stapleton to Mr. Martin Redmond, dated 28 June 1993:

The Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food has asked me to reply to your written Parliamentary Question (1836) tabled for answer on 25 June 1993:—

"To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what quantity of intervention stocks by commodity is held in England; and what the figures were (a) 12 months ago, (b) 24 months ago, (c) 36 months ago and (d) 48 months ago".

I have been asked to answer the questions which you tabled in respect of stocks held in Scotland (1854), Wales (1855) and Northern Ireland (1853) over the same time periods.

The information is set out in the attached table. Current stocks are shown at 31 March 1993 and in earlier years, for all commodities except beef, at 30 June. Earlier year figures for beef are at 31 December, the only date which they are available, because at the other times of the year they are collated only by intervention regions, Great Britain and Northern Ireland. You should be aware that intervention stocks are not always stored in the area in which they are produced.

Intervention Stocks in the United Kingdom

tonnes

Country and 1 Year

Commodity

Wheat

Barley

Rye

Butter

Skimmed Milk Powder

Beef

England

199366,707896,1505177,24648091,345
199212,367409,47632412,7551,92093,956
199112,562346,03413125,9225,85083,463
199034,337271,02112,6394032,026
1989209,287297,7077,6981,081

Scotland

199343,281448,58111,286
1992351,37910,518
1991329,0469,017
1990301,7414,991
1989318,03310292

Wales

19935741,976
19928591,934
19912,499123
19901,628145
19892,35523

Northern Ireland

19933,20886560,535
19922,89386561,117
19918,7163,74551,767
19904,5141,08040,646
19892,1537,334

1End May 1993 and end June for other years except for beef which is end December.