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Fruit

Volume 885: debated on Thursday 30 January 1975

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (1) what has been the annual change in the acreage devoted to the production of

ENGLAND AND WALES: ESTIMATED CROPPED AREA AND OUTPUT OF FRUIT FROM ORCHARDS GROWN COMMERCIALLY*
June/May years
1964–651965–661966–671967–681968–69
TOTAL CROPPED AREA ('000 acres)
Apples128·0121·0113·0113·0112·0
Pears19·018·417·617·016·6
Plums†22·020·719·618·818·2
Cherries11·710·59·89·08·5
OUTPUT ('000 tons)
Apples571·0486·0343·0295·0332·0
Pears65·063·638·123·170·2
Plums†45·536·628·313·777·1
Cherries13·19·45·02·64·7
1969–701970–711971–721972–731973–74
TOTAL CROPPED AREA ('000 acres)
Apples111·0111·0110·0109·0108·0
Pears16·516·215·815·515·3
Plums†17·616·615·715·615·4
Cherries8·17·57·26·96·7
OUTPUT ('000 tons)
Apples381·0459·0452·0347·0451·0
Pears56·267·866·550·544·0
Plums†51·144·734·143·850·8
Cherries4·012·59·19·37·6
* The area of mixed orchards and orchards growing other varieties of fruit and nuts during the past ten years is estimated to have been about 2,600 acres with an annual outpt of about 2,600 tons.
† Includes damsons and gages.

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will list the volume of apples, pears, plums, cherries and other tree fruits imported

Tons
ApplesPears and QuincesPlums*Cherries
1965242,86451,45211,989965
1966274,36979,3248,8861,930
1967285,43464,85713,7342,924
1968294,93858,1729,2691,538
1969285,39753,0789,9361,212
1970254,42151,3237,9001,426
1971260,67453,40216,5302,171
1972272,77154,85013,0401,790
1973326,61649,27611,1821,894
1974 (January-November)†292,28346,96115,8382,440
* Including bullace, damsons, greengages and mirabelles.
† Figures for December 1974 are not yet available.

apples, pears, plums, cherries and other tree fruits in England and Wales over the course of the past 10 years;

(2) what has been the change in annual volume of apples, pears, plums, cherries and other tree fruits produced in England and Wales over the course of the past 10 years.

The information is as follows:from abroad for each year from 1965 onwards.

The following table shows imports of tree fruits of kinds grown in the United Kingdom on a commercial scale: