HC Deb 19 March 1998 vol 308 c726W
19. Mr. Livsey

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what measures he is prepared to take to alleviate the fall in prices for sheep in the United Kingdom. [33774]

Mr. Rooker

Government action in this sector is constrained by the rules of the CAP regime for sheepmeat. In recognition of the depressed state of the sheepmeat market, I recently instructed my officials to ask the Commission to open tenders for Private Storage Aid in the UK. The Commission responded promptly to our request, fixing a flat-rate Private Storage Aid of 1,400 ecu per tonne for a maximum of 3,000 tonnes of sheepmeat to be placed into storage in the Republic of Ireland and the UK.

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