§ Mr. Walters
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how much butter has been sold by the European Commission at preferntial rates to non-profit-making organisations in the United Kingdom during 1985, or the last year for which figures are available.
§ Mr. Gummer
No provision exists for the sale by the European Commission of intervention butter at preferential rates to non-profit-making organisations. But provision is made under regulation No. (EEC) 2191/81 for the payment of a subsidy on open market butter purchased by such organisations. During 1985 subsidy was paid on 5,940 tonnes of butter purchased by non-profit-making organisations in the United Kingdom.