HC Deb 21 May 1973 vol 857 cc12-3W
Mr. Shore

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what quantities of soft wheat, other cereals and sugar beet were denatured in the EEC and in the United Kingdom in each year since 1968; and what is his estimate of the quantities for the current year.

Mr. Anthony Stodart

Subsidies for denaturing, whether by incorporation into animal feeding stuffs or by admixture with dyes of fish oil, are paid in the European Economic Community on common wheat and rye of breadmaking quality. The quantities on which such subsidies have been paid in the Community in the years in question were:

Common wheat ,000 metric tons
1968–69 1,876
1969–70 4,303
1970–71 3,745
1971–72 3,984
1972–73(August—March) 4,633

There is no denaturing of sugar beet, nor am I aware of how this could be done.

No subsidies were paid on rye. During those years, the following quantities of home-grown wheat were bought by animal feed compounders in the United Kingdom primarily for incorporation:

'000 long tons
1968–69 1,651
1969–70 1,363
1970–71 2,260
1971–72 2,073
1972–73(July—December) (estimated) 700

By 10th May claims for subsidy had been received for 466,857 long tons for the period February—March of which 412,178 tons was for wheat denatured by incorporation.

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