HC Deb 08 February 2001 vol 362 cc624-5W
Mr. Yeo

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what area of land is used to grow sugar beet in each EU member state, together with the percentage of that area that would be eligible for IACS payments if alternative crops were grown. [146411]

Mr. Nick Brown

[holding answer 22 January 2001]: Sugar beet is grown on about 1.5 per cent. of the EU agricultural area, and the breakdown by member state is as follows. So long as this land met the requirements of Council Regulation (EC) No. 1251/1999 (effectively meaning that it had been used for sugar beet or other arable production at some time during the five years to 31 December 1991), it would generally all be eligible for payments under the Arable Area Payments Scheme if eligible crops such as cereals and oilseeds were grown on it

Thousand ha
Member state Beet area 2000–01
Austria 43
Belgium/Luxembourg 95
Denmark 58
Finland 33
France 361
Germany 452
Greece 50
Ireland 33
Italy 240
Netherlands 112
Portugal 8
Spain 130
Sweden 56
UK 150
Total EU 15 1,821

Mr. Yeo

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (1) how much sugar by weight and value was exported from each Association of Caribbean Producers nation covered by the Sugar Protocol to(a) the United Kingdom and (b) the European Union; [146413]

(2) if he will state the latest intervention price for (a) beet sugar under the EU sugar regime, (b) cane sugar imported from the Association of Caribbean Producers countries under the EU sugar regime, (c) world prices for beet sugar and (d) world prices for cane sugar. [146412]

Mr. Nick Brown

[holding answer 22 January 2001]: The relevant information is set out in the tables.

Table 1: Exports to UK and EU (October 1999 to September 2000)
UK imports(thousand tonnes white sugar equivalent) Value(£ million) Other EU Imports(thousand tones white sugar equivalent) Value(£ million)
Barbados 48 16 0 0
Belize 50 15 12 4
Guyana 174 59 36 12
Jamaica 133 44 33 11
St. Kitts 16 5 0 0
Trinidad and Tobago 43 12 9 3
Total 464 151 90 30


UK imports based on EU and C&E data (provisional). Other EU imports data from European Commission, with value derived using statutory minimum prices.

Table 2: Prices
euro/tonne £/tonne
White sugar intervention price (UK) 646.5 414.21
Raw sugar intervention price 523.7 335.53
Sugar Protocol guaranteed price (white) 646.5 414.21
Sugar Protocol guaranteed price (raw) 523.7 335.53
Special Preferential Sugar price (raw) 496.8 318.30
World price1 (white) 263.7 168.95
World price1 (raw) 264.2 169.27
1 World prices based on London spot prices for 18 January 2001


Exchange rate: euro/£=0.6407