HC Deb 06 February 1978 vol 943 cc454-5W
Mr. Wm Ross

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what is the total tonnage of butter now in store in the United Kingdom; how much was imported from the EEC countries in each of the last 12 months; how much from other suppliers, stating the sources; and how much he estimates will be imported in each of the next three months from other EEC countries.

Mr. Bishop

Stocks of butter in surveyed public cold stores in the United Kingdom, other than those in the distribution pipeline, totalled 152,000 tonnes on 20th January. Imports of butter in each month of 1977, and their sources, are given in the table below. As regards imports expected in the next three months from other EEC countries, it is not the practice of my Department to publish such forecasts.

EEC New Zealand
January 16,373 8,207
February 12,976 10,507
March 18,944 10,254
April 14,103 14,086
May 33,383 5,988
June 11,237 6,474
July 9,317 2,538
August 11,400 8,230
September 6,625 8,663
October 6,876 5,371
November 18,015 18,846
December 30,051* 29,799*
* Provisional.

Source: Overseas Trade Statistics.