§ Mr. Corrie
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will list 160W the countries offering butter and cheese on the world market; and if he will give comparative prices with British prices on 1st October 1976.
§ Mr. Bishop
The following countries were major exporters of butter and/or cheese in 1975: Denmark, France, Netherlands, West Germany, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland, Austria.
There is no single international exchange for butter and cheese sales. It is not therefore possible to state world market prices.
On 1st October 1976 the offer prices of 80 per cent. butter and cheddar cheese produced in the United Kingdom at firsthand point of sale were £1,102 a metric ton and £990 a metric ton respectively.