HC Deb 16 March 1978 vol 946 cc284-5W
38. Mr. Litterick

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what is his Department's estimate of the savings in a year to the United Kingdom's balance of payments which would accrue if all grain imports to the United Kingdom originated from non-EEC sources at current prices and free of EEC levies.

Mr. Bishop

I regret that no realistic estimate is available because of the difficulties of predicting reliably the quantities and prices of grain imports from non-EEC sources under the conditions postulated. The levies on such imports currently accrue to the United Kingdom Exchequer, and are not a charge upon the balance of payments.