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Food (Self-Sufficiency)

Volume 204: debated on Tuesday 25 February 1992

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To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what is the level of self-sufficiency of Wales in (a) fish, (b) mutton and lamb, (c) poultrymeat, (d) beef, (e) oats, (f) cheese, (g) liquid milk, (h) barley, (i) potatoes, (j) pigmeat, (k) eggs, (l) wheat and (m) butter and what were the equivalent figures for 1988, 1989, 1990 and 1991.

[holding answer 13 February 1992]: Estimates of the level of self sufficiency, defined as the ratio of production to consumption, are given in the table. The consumption figures, which are taken from the results of the national food survey, are based on a sample size of 480 households in Wales. The self-sufficiency ratios will therefore be subject to significant estimation errors. Information is not yet available in respect of 1991.

Self-sufficiency (production/consumption)
(a) fish2n.a.
(b) mutton and lamb4·914·4
(c) poultrymeat2·01·91·6
(d) beef3·614·0
(e) oats2n.a.
(f) cheese2·12·12·4
(g) liquid milk3·53·43·3
(h) barley2n.a.
(i) potatoes0·90·70·7
(j) pigmeat0·50·60·4
(k) eggs0·80·90·9
(i) wheat2n.a.
(m) butter1·31·61·9
1 Self-sufficiency ratios for mutton and lamb and beef have not been calculated for 1989 as the relevant per capita consumption data for Wales are not regarded as reliable.
2 Not available.