§ 57. Mr. Swingler
asked the Lord Privy Seal if he will propose in the Brussels negotiations, in regard to the film industry, that the statutory levy to support film production be exempt from the provisions of the Rome Treaty.
§ Mr. P. Thomas
Article 92 of the Treaty of Rome provides for the continuation of State aids in certain circumstances. I understand that the Commission has not yet formulated proposals on the application of these provisions to the film industry. It would therefore be inappropriate for Her Majesty's Government to make the proposal the hon. Gentleman suggests.
§ Mr. Turton
asked the Lord Privy Seal what is the current level of the import levy on imports of barley and maize, respectively, into the European Economic Community; and, in cases where the common external tariff has not been superseded for the levy system, what is the common external tariff.
§ Mr. Heath
As I informed my right hon. Friend on 3rd December, rates of levy vary from country to country and with variations in c.i.f. prices. The latest period for which figures are available is the fortnight from 10th to 23rd November. The levies applied by each country changed frequently during this period, but our information indicates that the range both for barley and for maize extended from about £2 to £20 per long ton. There is no tariff on barley or maize, since the tariff has been superseded by the levy system.