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Volume 894: debated on Thursday 26 June 1975

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he is satisfied that British horticultural growers are competing with continental horticultural growers on free and fair terms of competition; and if not, how he intends to rectify the situation.

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what was the total estimated production of the major vegetable crops in each of the last five years from heated glasshouses.

Tomatoes are the only major vegetable crop for which estimates of United Kingdom output under heated glass are available. These are as follows:Unheated glass together. These are as follows:the total acreage of heated glasshouses in 1960, 1970 and in each year since.

The information is as follows:—

Area of heated glass (acres)
July 19603,070
July 19703,069
July 19713,121
July 19723,218
June 19733,304
June 19743,354
The figures relate to holdings in England and Wales with 1,000 sq. ft. or more of glass. Comparable information is not available for Scotland or Northern Ireland.