HC Deb 13 April 1964 vol 693 c14W
69. Mr. Hector Hughes

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how many attempts have been made since 11th March by Faroese fishing vessels 10 land fish in British ports; when they occurred; where they occurred; and what were the results.

Mr. Scolt-Hopkins

The following table gives the information required:

export of home-bred beef is causing the present high prices at home

Mr. Soames

The main reason for the present high price of beef, both home produced and imported, is that world demand is strong and imported supplies in recent weeks have been running at a lower level than usual. This has more than offset the increase in home production, so total supplies are lower and wholesale prices consequently higher.

In February this year exports were running at a weekly average of 1,600 tons. This compares with average weekly supplies of 24,800 tons. Most of the demand on the Continent has been for poorer quality meat.