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Economic Evaluation of the British Potato Council - ER02002

The BPC was established by the Potato Industry Development Council Order 1997 to commission research and development, carry out home market and export promotion and collect and disseminate statistical information for the potato industry. It is financed by a statutory levy on growers (based on area grown) and specified purchasers (tonnage) in Great Britain. Around 7,500 growers and 2,000 purchasers currently pay the levy which generates an income of around £6million.

As with all Development Councils established under the Industrial Organisation and Development Act 1947, the British Potato Council was subject to an initial review after three years, followed by quinquennial reviews. The initial review took place in 2000 and consisted of a series of prior option tests, a poll of levy payers, and an economic evaluation. On the basis of the first review, Ministers decided that the BPC should continue for a further five years.

The evaluation will inform the forthcoming statutory review of the BPC: considering whether there is a continuing rationale for the Council in terms of any market failure; establishing the extent to which the council meets its objectives; assessing whether current arrangements provide value for money; and identifying possible areas for improvement.
Project Documents
• Final Report : Economic Evaluation of the British Potato Council   (573k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2004

To: 2004

Cost: £36,810
Contractor / Funded Organisations
University - Cambridge
Agriculture and Food Chain              
Economic Policy Evaluation              
Non Departmental Public Body review (NDPB)