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Ethnic Monitoring

Volume 113: debated on Wednesday 25 March 1987

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asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will make the gathering of information on ethnic origins compulsory, and publish the percentage of entrants to his Department who failed to respond to the ethnic origins questionnaire.

Financial yearsAgricultural and Horticultural Co-operation Scheme (AHCS) (excluding forage groups)

£'000s
EC Reg 1035/72 launching aid to producer organisations in fruit and vegetable sectors

£'000s
AHCS grants to for-age groups under EC regulation 797/85

£'000s
Total £'000s
1979–801,15216491,217
1980–811,43119491,499
1981–822,08236202,138
1982–832,357198242,579
1983–843,789601424,432
1984–854,526884395,449
1985–864,2601,2471415,648
1986–8712,5007703503,620
1 Estimated.

On the policy issues, I refer the hon. Member to the reply given by my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister on 24 March. On response rates I regret that I cannot add to the information given to the hon. Member on 9 March at column 87.