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Tuesday, 4 May 1971


Senator COTTON - The Minister for Trade and Industry has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1)   The United Kingdom has operated a system of annual import quotas on butter since 1st April 1962. The quota for 1971-72 amounted to 420,000 tons, with Australia's entitlement set at 66,780 tons.

(2)   In the 5 years preceding the introduction of quotas, Australia's average annual exports amounted to 56.7 thousand tons.

(3)   From 1st April 1962 to 31st March 1970, Australia exported 598.2 thousand tons of butter to Britain. For the 1970-71 quota year United Kingdom imports of Australian butter are expected to be 55,730 tons.

(4)   In normal circumstances, the industry has no difficulty in filling its United Kingdom quota.. However, there have been occasions when shipments from Australia have fallen short of quota allocations, due to the effect of adverse seasonal factors and other unexpected circumstances.







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