HC Deb 25 April 1975 vol 890 cc426-7W
Mr. Gould

asked the Minister of Agriculture. Fisheries and Food what proportion of the cost of turning the French wine surplus into industrial alcohol will fall on the British taxpayer.

Mr. Strang

Community aid provided under the wine market regime for the distillation of surplus wine into alcohol is available to all member States. So far in 1975 the Council of Ministers has approved programmes to distil some 211 million gallons of surplus wine at an estimated cost to the European Agricultural Guidance and Guarantee Fund of £37 million. The United Kingdom contribution is made to the Community Budget as a whole, and represents 13.57 per cent. in 1975.