HC Deb 07 June 1984 vol 61 cc253-4W
16. Mr. Leigh

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what is the policy of Her Majesty's Government towards proposals to reduce support prices for cereals.

Mr. MacGregor

The Government pressed for a price reduction for cereals at this year's agricultural price negotiations in Brussels, and obtained agreement to a cut of 1 per cent. for most feed grains, and more in the case of breadmaking wheat. Further stringent restraint on support levels will be needed if expenditure on the cereals regime is to be controlled and the right balance restored between the arable and livestock sectors.

Ms. Richardson

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will estimate the quantity of each United Kingdom grown cereal exported to third countries from the United Kingdom in 1983, together with the relevant cost to guarantee funds; and if he will tabulate, in respect of wheat, each recipient country importing more than 10 per cent. of the total together with the relevant proportion of the total export subsidy.

Mr. MacGregor

Exports to third countries amounted to 752,000 tonnes of wheat and 1,383,000 tonnes of barley at a cost in export refunds and monetary compensatory amounts of £48 million and £89 million respectively. Those countries receiving more than 10 per cent. of the total quantity for wheat were as follows. A breakdown of expenditure on export refunds by country of destination is not readly available.

1983 United Kingdom wheat exports to third countries
Country of Destination Tonnage
Poland 140,000
Egypt 116,000
Algeria 107,000
GDR 101,000
Tunisia 85,000