HC Deb 28 May 1976 vol 912 cc393-4W
Mr. George Rodgers

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what is the total value of foodstuffs that have been taken off the market and held in storage in accord with the common agricultural policy; and what has been the cost of providing storage facilities during the last two years for which figures are available.

Mr. Bishop

Details of the United Kingdom expenditure on support buying under the common agricultural policy are given in the Consolidated Operating Accounts and Balance Sheets for intervention buying undertaken by the Intervention Board for Agricultural Produce. These accounts also show the costs of providing storage facilities, including insurance of stocks and the receipts from FEOGA for losses incurred on sales and for incidental expenses. The accounts were published in Classes I-V of the Appropriation Accounts for 1973–74 (pages 326 and 327) and in Volume I of the Appropriation Accounts for 1974–75 (pages 214 and 215). Information in more detail for the calendar years 1973 and 1974 is contained in Table M of the Annual Report of the Intervention Board for Agricultural Produce for the

(1) (2) (3) (4) (5)
Infected Herds in Great Britain excluding the South-West Herds in (2) which had received Irish animals Infected herds in the South-West Herds in (4) which had received Irish animals
1974 28 11 93
1975 50 21 99
Total 78 32 192

These figures relate only to those herds in which reactors were disclosed at routine tuberculin tests carried out in 1974 and 1975 and positive diagnosis of tuberculosis were made when material from those reactors was examined at the laboratory. The figures in column (3) are of herds known to have received cattle in 1972 and/or 1973 from the Irish calendar year 1974 (Cmnd 6033). This table also shows the incidental expenses of the support buying operations, including expenditure on storage. Receipts from FEOGA appear at Table L of the report.