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Volume 983: debated on Friday 25 April 1980

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what proportion of Danish pigmeat production was exported to the United Kingdom in the last six months; by how much Danish production is to increase in 1980; and if he expects this growth in production to be matched by similar increases in exports to the United Kingdom.

Thirty-five per cent. of Danish production was exported to the United Kingdom in the six months ending November 1979, the latest date for which official figures are readily available, compared with 44 per cent. exported to other countries. Official figures forecast an estimated increase of 6½ per cent. in Danish production in the 12 months ending November 1980. The levels of exports to particular countries will depend on developments in the various markets, which cannot be precisely forecast.