HC Deb 22 January 1980 vol 977 cc202-4W
Mr. Grylls

asked the Secretary of State for Trade what is the average quantity of lamb imported from New Zealand each month; how these quantities vary from month to month; what his estimates are of the average amount to be imported each month in the future; what the variation from month to month will be; and what price is paid for each ewe carcase from New Zealand.

Mr. Parkinson

[pursuant to his reply, 14 January 1980, c. 6I7]: During the period January to November 1979, the monthly average of United Kingdom imports of lamb consigned from New Zealand was 17,315 tonnes. Details for the individual months are shown in the table below. I prefer not to venture an estimate of the future levels of these imports.

I understand that the wholesale price for the two grades of New Zealand lamb regularly quoted at Smithfield market averaged 49.9 pence per pound during 1979. These grades include lambs within a weight range of 17.5 to 35.5 lbs. No comparable information is available for ewe carcase prices.

January 1979 14,509
February 1979 27,967
March 1979 25,964
April 1979 21,290
May 1979 15,626
June 1979 21,140
July 1979 12,395
August 1979 11,665
September 1979 18,068
October 1979 10,089
November 1979 11,751
Note:The effects of industrial action have led to distortions in the pattern of trade recorded in the first eight months of 1979, and the figures for individual months must be interpreted with particular caution.