§ Mr. Turton
asked the Lord Privy Seal what is the present common external tariff on imports of wheat into the European Economic Community; and what is the current level of the import levy.129W
§ Mr. Heath
There is no tariff on wheat since the tariff has been superseded by the levy system. Rates of levy vary from country to country and with variations in c.i.f. prices. The latest period for which figures are available is the fortnight from 27th October to 9th November. The information we have indicates that in this period the general range of levies extended from about £13 to £23 per long ton, except in the case of durum wheat, for which the range was from about £6 to £23 per long ton. The levies applied by each country remained virtually unchanged during this period, apart from the small increase caused by the change from the October to November rates in the seasonal scale of threshold prices.