§ Mr. Gummer
There are no subsidies paid directly to producers for cereals production. The market prices of wheat in the United Kingdom are supported by means of a system of intervention purchases, levies on imports and refunds on exports. Details of this expenditure can be found in the Intervention Board for Agricultural Produce's annual report for 1983 and 1984. The report for 1985 is due to be published in June.
§ Mr. Chope
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (1) what was the percentage levy on imported wheat for the last financial year; and what is the levy in the current financial year;
(2) what was the percentage levy on imported maize for the last financial year; and what is the levy in the current financial year.
§ Mr. Gummer
Rates of import levy are set daily by the European Commission. The levy is a specific amount representing the difference between world prices and EC344W threshold prices. Simple averages of the daily rates applicable on imports of common wheat into the United Kingdom from third countries during the period April 1984 to March 1985 and April 1985 to mid-March 1986 were £48/tonne and £75/tonne respectively. The corresponding figures for maize were £37/tonne and £62/tonne. These figures are net of the United Kingdom monetary compensatory amounts.