HC Deb 04 December 1981 vol 14 c267W
Mr. Alfred Morris

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food whether he will give an estimate of the quantity of sugar that the European Economic Community is likely to export on the world market in 1981 and the probable cost in export restitution.

Mr. Peter Walker

For part of 1981 exports of quota sugar from the Community were subject to levies not refunds. The latest Community budget estimate, which assumes an export of 3.09 million tonnes of quota sugar, is that net expenditure on refunds will amount to 334 mecu. In addition, about 1–2 million tonnes of non-quota sugar is likely to be exported free of levy or refund. Part of the net cost of export refunds in the sugar sector is met by levies on producers.