HC Deb 22 October 1987 vol 120 cc891-2W
Mr. Tony Banks

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if, pursuant to his answer of 13 July, Official Report, column 351, he will provide a breakdown of the storage and related costs of maintaining European Economic Community food intervention stores.

Mr. Donald Thompson

A breakdown of United Kingdom storage and related costs by intervention commodity is set out. Records are not kept in a form which enables a breakdown by type of cost to be readily extracted.

Cereals Butter SMP Beef Total
1983–84 30,573 9,078 3,766 526 48,623
1984–85 30,389 12,391 2,323 12,552 57,655
1985–86 81,366 16,206 880 26,143 124,595
1986–87 79,351 22,614 825 25,842 128,632

Mr. Tony Banks

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will give details by type and quantity of foodstuffs dumped as waste or used as animal feed intervention stores in each of the past five years.

Mr. Donald Thompson

Over the five years 1982 to 1986, 278,612 tonnes of skimmed milk powder were sold out of intervention for manufacture into animal feed. Sales of intervention grain of feed quality totalled 5.5 million tonnes. For the period 1982 to 1985 no butter was sold for animal feed, but 14,081 tonnes were sold in 1986.

Over the five years 1982 to 1986 2,100 tonnes of cereals damaged in store had to be dumped. There was no dumping of intervention beef and destruction of skimmed milk powder and butter over this period involved only extremely small quantities.

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