HC Deb 27 July 1979 vol 971 cc705-6W
Mr. Spearing

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will show for each of the principal foodstuffs an estimate of the amount by which such food imported into the United Kingdom from other EEC countries increased in price since January 1978 as a result of (a) the appreciation of sterling and (b) devaluation of the green pound.

Mr. Peter Walker

One of the effects of the system of "green currencies" and monetary compensatory amounts applied vessels no representative average cost of operation can be calculated. The statistics available to me on the operating costs of British distant water vessels have been supplied by the industry in confidence because of their commercial implications.

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