Mr. Jim Callaghan
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what is the cost of storing foodstuffs as required by the common agricultural policy for the latest period for which figures are available; and what is the current level of foodstuffs held as intervention stocks.
§ Mr. Buchanan-Smith
The latest Commission figure for the costs of public and private storage of foodstuffs in 1979 totals 1619.2 MEUA—£1044.6 million. However, 240 MEUA—£154.8 million—of this relates to a self-financing scheme for a sugar marketing measure.
The current levels of foodstuffs held in public intervention and under aided private storage measures are set out in the table below.
and interested organisations are being consulted about this.