HC Deb 06 December 1989 vol 163 c249W
Mr. Ron Davies

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will publish details of all those commodities for which an intervention regime exists, held in store, giving in respect of each, by volume and value, the current stocks and the level at the appropriate time in 1988.

Mr. Curry

Stocks levels in 1988 and 1989 of commodities for which an intervention regime exists are held in the Library of the House. Valuation figures may vary according to the age of the stock and are shown in the table for the United Kingdom (comparable figures for the European Community are not available).

Commodity 1988 (£/tonne) 1989 (£/tonne) Reference/month (end of)
Butter 1,536.95 1,422.35 September
SMP 1,046.69 1 September
Beef 1,807.64 1,309.63 August
Feed Wheat 63.86 35.77 October
Bread Wheat 68.83 1 October
Barley 61.50 35.77 October
Rye 57.96 1 October
1 = No Stocks

Date Work Unit Number of posts Location of origin Location of transfer
1981 Finance (travel claims section) 32 Inner London Alnwick
Office Services (publications section) 20 Pinner Alnwick
1987 Office Services (stationery section) 4 Pinner and Inner London Alnwick
April 1988 Statistics (census and prices) 20 Inner London Guildford
April 1988 Information Technology Directorate 5 Inner London Guildford
August 1988 ADAS Cartographic Unit 11 Inner London Gloucester
May-October 1989 Establishments (General) (Superannuation Section) 28 Inner London Exeter
Food Science Laboratory 20 Inner London Norwich

About 70 per cent. of the Ministry's staff are currently located outside London.

Mr. Cousins

To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what relocations of his Department's staff, or agencies relating thereto, are currently being considered; and what are the numbers of staff affectted.

Mr. Curry

Officials of my Ministry are currently considering the potential for further relocation of headquarters' work away from the south-east, and a relocation concerning work of the Intervention Board for Agricultural Produce is also under consideration. It is too early to say what numbers of posts may be affected. A decision has already been taken to relocate the Ministry's central science laboratory, involving about 400 posts, to a site in the midlands. A decision has also been taken to

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