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Volume 932: debated on Thursday 19 May 1977

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what proportion of the working population works on the land in England and Wales, respectively; and for what proportion of the gross national product they are responsible.

Of those in civilian employment in June 1976 the estimated proportion engaged in agriculture was 2½ per cent. in England and 5 per cent. in Wales. Information on the hon. Member's second question is not available in the form requested, but in 1974 agriculture, forestry and fishing were estimated to be contributing 2½ per cent. and 5 per cent. to the gross domestic products of the two countries, respectively.