§ Mr. Spence
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what have been the average increases in support prices by the Council of Agriculture Ministers of all products covered by European Community regimes in each year since 1973.
§ Mr. MacGregor
[pursuant to his reply, 1 December 1983, Vol. 61, c. 581]: The average increases in the common support prices set by the Council of Ministers for each marketing year 1973–74 to 1983–84 are as follows:
Percentage* 1973–74 6.7 1974–75† 13.5 1975–76 9.6 1976–77 6.5 1977–78 3.5 1978–79 2.0 1979–80 1.0 1980–81 4.5 1981–82 9.1 1982–83 10.1 1983–84 4.1 * The percentage change relates to intervention (or equivalent) prices set in units of account (to 1978–79) and European currency units thereafter. The price increases for each commodity for which prices are set under the Common Agricultural Policy have been weighted together, in proportion to the share of each commodity in infal agricultural production in the European Community. The figures include Greece from 1981–82. The figures take no account of "green" currency changes which also affect support prices. † Includes the supplementary price increase made in September 1974.