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Fur Trade

Volume 229: debated on Tuesday 27 July 1993

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To ask the President of the Board of Trade how many companies are involved in tanning of fur skins; and how many employees they have.

This information is available only for the whole of the leather—tanning and dressing—and fellmongery industries. In 1991, there were 180 businesses with 6,500 employees, including working proprietors.

To ask the President of the Board of Trade (1) how many (a) mink pelts and (b) Arctic fox pelts from British mink farms were exported in each year since 1988; and what was their value;(2) how many British red fox pelts were exported in each year since 1988; and what was their value.

Official statistics do not distinguish between mink produced by British farms and re-exports, or between various species of fox. The available information is given in the table.

Numbers
1989114
199093
199179
199257

Information for earlier years on employment and the number of businesses is not available.

To ask the President of the Board of Trade how many import and export businesses were involved in the fur trade; and how many employees they had for each of the past five years.