Common Agriculture Policy (Expenditure)

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 10th July 1986.

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Photo of Mr Eric Deakins Mr Eric Deakins , Walthamstow 12:00 am, 10th July 1986

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what is the latest estimate of common agricultural policy expenditure in 1986; how this compares with the budgeted amount; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Mr Michael Jopling Mr Michael Jopling , Westmorland and Lonsdale

The Commission's preliminary draft supplementary and amending budget for 1986 provides 23,025 mecu for expenditure under the common agricultural policy. This compares with 22,009 mecu in the present budget as adopted by the European Parliament.

Photo of Mr Eric Deakins Mr Eric Deakins , Walthamstow

Has the Secretary of State read the recent speech of the Minister for Overseas Development calling for a radical reform of food aid policy in the Common Market? If so, does he agree with the principles involved and will he seek to extend them to the disposal of commercial surpluses, which are a major part of the costs of the CAP which he has just mentioned?

Photo of Mr Michael Jopling Mr Michael Jopling , Westmorland and Lonsdale

As usual, my right hon. Friend made a fine speech and the implications of what he said will be taken into account in dealing with the disposal of surplus products from the Community. However, I am sure the hon. Gentleman recognises that at this time the Community is extremely short of cash.