HC Deb 19 December 1975 vol 902 cc888-9W
Mr. Biffen

asked the Secretary of State for Industry if he will list the aids for silkworm rearers currently proposed by the EEC Commission with particular reference to the suggested stockpiling premium; what is the expected cost of these schemes; and what views have been expressed to the Commission on behalf of the United Kingdom Government.

Mr. Kaufman

EEC Regulation 845/72 of 24th April 1972 provides for aid to silkworm rearers in the form of a subsidy for each box of silkworm eggs produced. The subsidy, which is currently 36.50 units of account per box, is funded from the Community budget. The level of the subsidy is reviewed each year. A proposed increase of the unit subsidy to 40 units of account for the 1976–77 rearing year will be considered in the forthcoming CAP prices review. The EEC Commission's estimate of the cost of this scheme to the Community budget for 1976–77 is 2 million units of account. A scheme of aid for stockpiling, proposed by Italy earlier this year has been rejected.

A further scheme of aid to rationalise marketing in the silkworm sector has been proposed by the EEC Commission for consideration during the current CAP prices review. The scheme involves a supplementary aid of 6 units of account for each box of silkworm eggs produced during the 1976–77 rearing year provided that the rearer concerned supplies a minimum quantity of cocoons to a recog-

Colour Sets Thousands Mono Sets Thousands
Total television sets produced 1,947 669
Total television sets sold in the United Kingdom (including imports) 2,278 832
Thousands Per cent. Thousands Per cent.
Source of imported television sets:
Japan 202 46.2 126 52.3
West Germany 56 12.8
Austria 54 12.4
Finland 53 12.1
Italy 18 4.1 24 10.0
Sweden 14 3.2
Norway 14 3.2
Denmark 7 1.6
Netherlands 5 1.1 3 1.2
Irish Republic 4 0.9 15 6.2
France 4 0.9
Switzerland 2 0.5
Belgium 2 0.5
Singapore 31 12.9
Portugal 19 7.9
Soviet Union 16 6.6
Taiwan 3 1.2
Others 2 0.5 4 1.7
Total 437 100.0 241 100.0
Source: Business Monitor PQ 365.2, Customs and Excise.

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