§ Mr. Spearing
asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will tabulate in the OFFICIAL REPORT the 202W current level of import levy on the main food commodities for human and animal consumption and the sum he estimates will be paid in these levies for the year 1973.
§ Mr. Anthony Stodart
I have been asked to reply.
The following table shows the levies which are at present charged under the United Kingdom's minimum import price schemes:
Commodity Current level of import levy Denatured wheat … £0.75 per ton Milling wheat … £6.25 per ton Feed barley … £0.50 per ton Maize … £2.75 per ton Maize groats, etc. … £3.00 per ton Shell eggs … £0.05 per 120 eggs Frozen whole egg … £80.00 per ton Dried whole egg … £20.000 per ton Whey powder … £35.00 per ton Skimmed milk powder … £10.00 per ton
It is estimated that approximately £38,000 will be collected under these schemes in January 1973. This sum includes fees payable on registration of forward contracts for cereals. Thereafter they are due to be replaced by the European Economic Community's common agricultural policy arrangements. It is not possible at this stage to make any reliable estimate of levy rates and total levy revenue for 1973 as a whole.