HC Deb 10 March 1976 vol 907 c227W
Mr. Watkinson

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food whether horticultural producers in Ireland receive assistance to export their products to the United Kingdom.

Mr. Strang

Under transitional provisions made on enlargement of the EEC, accession compensatory amounts are payable at an annually falling rate until 1977 by the Irish Republic on exports of fresh tomatoes to any destination between 11th June and 21st November. The rate will fall this year to 8.68 units of account per 100kg, two-thirds of that paid in 1975, which at the rate for the Irish green £ is equivalent to just over £51 per tonne. Such compensatory amounts, operating as charges on imports to the new member State concerned and as payments on its exports, were required by Articles 65 and 66 of the Act of Accession on those fruit and vegetable products of which the producer price has been kept up by national quantitative restrictions which had to be removed on entry to the Community. They are, for example, similarly payable until 1977 on United Kingdom apple and pear exports at certain times of the year to the Irish Republic, to other Community countries and to third countries.

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