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Volume 128: debated on Wednesday 2 March 1988

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To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (1) whether he will seek to secure for milk producers increases in the amount of milk they can produce without paying the super-levy on excess output similar to those increases recently agreed for producers in Belgium, France and West Germany; and if he will make a statement;

Percentage Distribution of Farm Businesses according to net Farm Income, 1986–87. All types of Farm
Net Farm Income
Less than zero0 to £10,000£10,000 to £20,000£20,000 and above
United Kingdom24392117

Source: Farm Business Surveys


(a) Figures are derived from data collected in farm business surveys by universities and agricultural colleges in Great Britain and by the Department of Agriculture in Northern Ireland. They relate to full-time farm businesses.

(b) Net farm income represents the return to the farmer and spouse for their manual and managerial labour and on tenant-type capital in livestock, crops, machinery, and so on, but excluding land and buildings. It is calculated before the deduction of interest on any farming loans. All farms are treated as rented in the derivation of net farm income and an imputed rental value for owner-occupied land is charged as an expense in the accounts.