§ Mr. Maxwell-Hyslop
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what was the sterling value of imported Temperate food for each month of 1969, and for the corresponding months of 1968.
§ Mr. Hoy
The values of imports of those foods and feedingstuffs of a kind which can be produced in this country, for each of the first three months of 1968 and 1969, are as follows:—
£ million c.i.f. 1968 1969 January 94 97 February 80 86 March 87 92 (provisional)
About half this increase is attributable to higher import prices and the other half to a rise in volume—chiefly of beef as a result of increase of beef imports from the low levels in the first quarter of 1968 when beef imports were curtailed because of the foot-and-mouth epidemic.