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Food Imports

Volume 301: debated on Wednesday 26 November 1997

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To ask the President of the Board of Trade if he will list the quantity by weight of the main primary food products imported to the UK for the last two years for which figures are available. [17723]

I have been asked to reply.Imports of food products in a raw form or which retain their recognisable raw form, as recorded in the Overseas Trade Statistics, for 1995 and 1996 are given in the following table:

UK imports of food products in a raw form or which retain their recognisable raw form
000 tonnes
Category19951996
Bovine meat153133
Pig meat399440
Poultry meat229234
Sheep meat143145
Other meat4248
Total meat and meat preparations9661,000
Birds' eggs2830
Butter114113
Cheese213252
Milk and cream216158
Other milk products2319
Total dairy products and birds' eggs594572
Fish495534
Cereals3,2022,848
Fruit3,3003,408
Nuts9885
Vegetables3,0602,898
Total vegetables, fruit and nuts6,4576,392
Sugar2,3142,188
Coffee, tea, cocoa and spices557661
Oils and fats9,27910,027
Grand total23,86524,222
These figures are provisional and subject to amendment.The majority of foods in the categories "Oils and Fats" and "Vegetables" are destined for human consumption, but include some products used for other purposes.