asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food the total tonnage and value of (a) meat and (b) dairy products held in intervention at the latest date for which figures are available; the new proposals, if any, there are for disposing of all or part of these foodstuffs; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
Written Answers. - Disposal of Intervention Stock.
On 30 April 1987, Irish intervention stocks of dairy products and beef consisted of 167,000 tonnes of dairy products valued at £414 million and 111,000 tonnes of beef valued at £265 million. A range of disposal measures exist in both sectors for disposing of intervention stock. These include subsidised exports, food aid operations, subsidised butter for hospitals and social welfare recipients, concentrated butter for home baking and feedingstuffs etc.
The Council of Ministers in December 1986 approved a Commission proposal to undertake an accelerated disposal programme in the milk sector during 1987 and 1988. As regards intervention beef, an accelerated programme of sales undertaken in that sector in 1986 was successful with sales of beef from Irish stocks amounting to 143,000 tonnes (bone-in equivalent weight) in that year. In both sectors, these sales programmes are being vigorously pursued this year.