§ Mr. Pym
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what are the present duties and levies on imports from third countries; how far these are offset by monetary compensatory amount payments; what the present duties and levies 264W the latest available date; and if he will indicate the percentage increase in the slaughter rate between each corresponding week.
§ Mr. Peart
The information requested is given below. It should be noted that calf slaughterings during 1972 and 1973 were unusually low because the cattle herd was expanding rapidly. The current level of slaughterings is more closely comparable with those of about three years ago when our herd was much smaller.
on imports of beef from the EEC are; and how far these are offset by monetary compensatory amounts and transitional compensatory amounts.
§ Mr. Peart
The present duties on imports from third countries are contained in the Import Duties (General) (No. 8 Order) 1973. Levy rates and rates of monetary and accession compensatory amounts are published in the Official Journal of the European Communities. Current information on particular products can be obtained from the Intervention Board for Agricultural Produce.
In many cases, charges on agricultural imports are subject to reduction by the application of the accession and monetary compensatory amounts. In some cases these completely offset the import charge.