HC Deb 14 April 1981 vol 3 cc102-3W
Mr. Teddy Taylor

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will list the quantities of various foodstuffs, fruit and vegetables which have been destroyed or otherwise disposed of by the Intervention Board for Agricultural produce in the most recent 12-month period for which figures are available.

Mr. Peter Walker

In 1980 the following quantities bought into intervention or withdrawn from the market in the United Kingdom were sold, supplied as food aid or given away as food:

beef 8,267
butter 45,605
skimmed milk powder 1.217
breadmaking wheat 2,223
fruit and vegetables 116

Other disposals in 1980 were as follows: fruit and vegetables—3,688 tonnes supplied free for animal feed and 9,547 tonnes returned to the soil or otherwise destroyed; fish—30,864 tonnes sold for use in fishmeal or pet food and 493 tonnes returned to the sea or spread on the land.