§ Mr. Deakins
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what proportion of EEC cereal stocks was sent overseas as (a) food aid, (b) emergency supplies and (c) subsidised sales in the latest 12 months for which figures are available.
§ Mr. MacGregor
During this period exports, including those for food aid, have been predominantly from the free market. Total export commitments for all cereals for the current marketing year had reached 17.1 million tonnes by 16 April. Under the food aid convention the community and its member states are committed to supply a minimum of 1.65 million tonnes of cereal food aid per year.
In the year ended 12 April 1985 some 3 per cent. of the cereals held in intervention at the start of that period, plus intake over that period, was released for food aid and emergency food aid; and 6 per cent. as normal exports.