HC Deb 18 February 1985 vol 73 cc377-8W
Mr. Ralph Howell

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will list the principal cereal substitutes with the prices paid by the compounders, imported into (a) the United Kingdom and (b) the European Economic Community; and if there is any likelihood of a levy system being introduced to bring these products into the cereal regime.

Mr. MacGregor

The principal cereal substitutes imported into(a) the United Kingdom, and (b) the European Community as a whole, together with price information where this is available, are as follows:

Average import (cif) price, December 1984
United Kingdom (£/tonne)
Maize Gluten feed 109.17
Manioc *101.00
Brans and Sharps 77.77
Citrus Pulp 107.72
Brewers' and Distillers' Grains 99.87
Source: Customs and Excise Home Grown Cereals Authority.
* February (ex-store).

Market price, 1 February 1985
European Community ($US/tonne)
Manioc 88
Maize Gluten Feed 119
Brans and Sharps n.a.
Citrus Pulp 104
Maize Germ Cake n.a.

Mr. Scott

[pursuant to his reply, 8 February 1985, c. 713]: The latest date for which the information requested is available is 2 December 1984. On that date the total prison population—including unconvicted inmates and persons detained under sentence in young offenders centres and under section 73 of the Children and Young Persons Act (Northern Ireland) 1968—was 2,185. The details requested in respect of sentenced inmates are set out in the following table.

Source: EC Commission.

Community imports of manioc in excess of levels agreed with supplying countries attract the full import levy for barley. A levy system operates for all Community imports of brans and sharps. The European Commission has been given a mandate to negotiate annual import quotas for maize gluten feed and other by-products of maize refining which would involve a modification of the present zero tariff binding.