HC Deb 17 November 1983 vol 48 c980
14. Mr. Fisher

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what proportion of the food consumed in the United Kingdom in value terms is subject to agricultural levies.

Mrs. Fenner

Levies are charged on certain types of food commodities imported from third countries. These imports account for about one tenth of the total food commodities moving into consumption.

Mr. Fisher

Does not that reply show that the Government's claim that the true cost to the consumer is about £300 million is somewhat misleading? Does she agree with Lloyds bank Bulletin last year that the real cost is about £3,000 million?

Mrs. Fenner

I do not know how the hon. Gentleman can determine the cost. It is not meaningful to assume a cost. We are in the European Community and we intend to make the CAP work.

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