HC Deb 25 July 1977 vol 936 cc4-5W
34. Mr. Gow

asked the Secretary of State for Prices and Consumer Protection what is his latest estimate of the cost of food subsidies during the current financial year and during the year ending 5th April 1979.

Mr. Hattersley

About £ 220.5 million in 1977–78. In 1978–79 expenditure will depend upon the rate of the EEC butter subsidy then applicable; this has not yet been decided by the Council of Ministers.