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Retailing Income (Distribution)

Volume 931: debated on Tuesday 10 May 1977

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food for each £1 spent in retail shops on food purchases, how much goes, respectively, to British farmers and growers, overseas farmers and growers and processing, packaging, wholesale, retail and distribution.

No precise or up-to-date statistics are available. A broad estimate is that in 1974–75 of each £1 spent by the consumer on food British farmers and growers received about 27p and importers 22p. The balance, which includes indirect taxes, was split approximately as to two-fifths each to manufacturing and retailing and one-fifth wholesaling.