HC Deb 05 March 1981 vol 1000 cc193-4W
Mr. Austin Mitchell

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will publish in the Official Report a table showing the quantity of butter imported (a) from European Economic Community countries and (b) from the rest of the world in 1980; and what is the current rate of levy and monetary compensatory amount per tonne.

Mr. Buchanan-Smith

In 1980, 95,632 tonnes of butter were imported from other member States of the European Community and 95,001 tonnes* from third countries. Of this last figure, 1 tonne was from Sweden and the remainder from New Zealand.

The current MCAs and import levies per tonne for butter imported into the United Kingdom are shown in the table below:

County of origin MCA £ Import Levy £ Net Charge £
European Conmunity 283.23 283.23
New Zealand 207.24 155.78 363.02
Other third countries 283.23 1,120.26 1,403.49

*Note: Overseas trade statistics show 107,708 tonnes of butter imported into the United Kingdom from New Zealand in 1980. This figure, however, includes quantities held in bond and therefore technically not imported.

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