HC Deb 11 April 1975 vol 889 c481W
Mrs. Winifred Ewing

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food to what extent wheat, maize and wheat flour can now be bought cheaper outside the EEC than inside; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Bishop

Because of differences in quality, monetary fluctuations and varia-

Source and grain type Price per ton c.i.f. £ Month of shipment Basis
United States 14 per cent. Northern Spring/DNS 80.50 May MCA to buyer*
French milling wheat 51.85 April Final
United States No. 3 Yellow Corn 59.00 June MCA to buyer*
EEC—Optional source 51.00 April Final
*MCA = Monetary Compensatory Amount. On 7th April the MCAs would have reduced the total cost to the buyer by about £6.40/ton for wheat and £5.61 /ton for maize.

As for wheat flour, the pattern of world trade has changed in recent years, and because the quantities being offered on the open market are small, representative world prices are not available.

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