§ Mr. Kenneth Carlisle
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what was the European Community intervention price per tonne of (a) wheat and (b) barley in autumn 1983; what were the world market prices in the same period for these products; how many tonnes of these products were in storage in Great Britain after the harvest; and what was the cost of such storage in total and to the United Kingdom Government.
§ Mr. MacGregor
The information requested is as follows:
(1) ecu/tonne European Community reference price minimum quality European Community intervention price World price Bread wheat Barley Wheat* Barley† October 1983 October 1983 208.81 189.72 164.10 169.84
(2) Level of intervention stocks in Great Britain‡
tonnes Bread wheat 180,000 Barley 702,000
(3) Information about the total cost to the Government of storing intervention commodities is published in the intervention buying accounts, the most recent of which was presented to Parliament as House of Commons Paper 360 on 3 May 1983. These accounts do not include a breakdown by commodity.
*f.o.b. Gulf, soft red winter wheat—week ending 21 October 1983–143$ per tonne.
†f.o.b. St. Lawrence—week ending 21 October 1983–148—per tonne.
‡Quantities unsold at 21 October 1983.