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Farm Gate Prices

Volume 451: debated on Monday 30 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the average farm gate price received by farmers for their milk was over the past 12 months; and if he will make a statement. (95649)

The following table shows monthly average farm gate milk prices in pence per litre for the last 12 months for the United Kingdom. The average prices are calculated from monthly surveys of milk purchasers conducted in England and Wales by DEFRA, in Scotland by the Scottish Executive Environment and Rural Affairs Department and in Northern Ireland by the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. The farm gate price is the average price received by producers, net of delivery charges. No deduction has been made for super-levy.

United Kingdom milk prices, monthly farm gate milk prices

Units: pence per litre

Excluding bonus payments

Including bonus payments

2005

September

19.46

19.47

October

19.71

19.71

November

19.76

19.77

December

19.27

19.27

2006

January

18.65

18.67

February

18.34

18.36

March

18.11

18.13

April

17.34

17.36

May

16.81

16.83

June

16.83

16.83

July

17.18

17.18

August

17.60

17.61

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions he has had with supermarkets on farmgate prices paid to farmers. (95650)

Farm gate prices are primarily a matter for the buyers and sellers concerned. However, the implications for the dairy industry of downward pressure on producer prices was one of the items discussed at a recent meeting between the Secretary of State and supermarket chairmen.