HC Deb 08 November 1976 vol 919 c90W
Mr. Lee

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what is his estimate of the prices on 11th October 1976 of basic foodstuffs on the basis of percentage deficiency payments on 31st December 1972 compared with their present prices; and if he will publish a list of comparisons.

Mr. Bishop

Deficiency payments for major foodstuffs in December 1972 were generally at low or at nil rates because of high market prices. I cannot usefully relate these payments to present prices, which arise from completely different market circumstances.