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Hill Farming

Volume 78: debated on Thursday 9 May 1985

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what is his estimate of the net income of hill farmers in the latest year for which estimates are available.

Average net farm incomes on hill and upland (less favoured areas) cattle and sheep farms for 1983–84 are shown in table 27 of the "Annual Review of Agriculture 1985" (Cmnd. 9423) which is available in the Library of the House.

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food whether he will publish a table in the Official Report giving the size distribution of hill farms by (a) acreage and (b) standard man-days or European supply units, or both.

The information requested is not readily available and can be provided only at disproportionate cost.