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Farm Incomes

Volume 405: debated on Thursday 15 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the average income of farming families in Shrewsbury and Atcham was in the last year for which figures are available. [109679]

No information is available on the personal incomes of farming families. Estimates of farm business income are obtainable from a sample survey, but results are not available at constituency level because the size of the sample is too small.Net farm income for full-time farms in the West Midlands Government Office Region in 2001–02, excluding farms involved in the compulsory FMD cull, was £12,200/farm. This compares with £13,600/farm for England as a whole.Net farm income is the return to the principle farmer and spouse for their manual and managerial labour and to the tenant-type capital of the business.