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Milk

Volume 410: debated on Monday 18 August 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much milk was produced surplus to requirements by UK farmers; and how much milk was imported in each of the last 10 years. [128259]

It is difficult to determine how much milk is produced that is "surplus to requirements". This will depend on whether one considers the requirements of UK processors and food manufacturers, both for products intended for domestic consumption or export, or the requirements of UK consumers. Nevertheless, I hope the data tabulated as follows on UK imports, exports, production, domestic use and self-sufficiency for the major milk products since 1991 gives an indication of the position.

1991

1992

1993

1994

1995

1996

UK exports

1

Unprocessed liquid milk2727092133191178
Processed liquid milk3333455
Butter395152535351
Cheese514857595559
Cream384169847996
Condensed milk475750526558
Milk powder (full cream)678457657775
Skimmed milk powder714555615620

UK production

1

Unprocessed liquid milk214,77814,67914,74214,98114,68314,680
Processed liquid milk36,9036,9807,0086,9667,1287,041
Butter132127141148133130
Cheese309332338341362377
Cream254240255274281281
Condensed milk198206191196181206
Milk powder (full cream)798471839083
Skimmed milk powder143106132142117108

UK domestic use (disappearances)

1

Unprocessed liquid milk214,70614,61014,65014,84814,67814,616
Processed liquid milk36,9377,0447,0597,0307,2127,101
Butter206207228231201189
Cheese458512466500522557
Cream22Di,202187194207191
Condensed milk164,.'., 160151155130160
Milk powder (full cream)14719262019
Skimmed milk powder869188898275

UK self sufficiency

4

Unprocessed liquid milk2100100101101100100
Processed liquid milk31009999999999
Butter676271696968
Cheese696472697068
Cream116119136142136148
Condensed milk123128127125141130
Milk powder (full cream)5
Skimmed milk powder6179121148152157107

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002 (provisional)

UK imports

1

Unprocessed liquid milk21321331151086574
Processed liquid milk3635738363126
Butter111105114118115101
Cheese240257277255273267
Cream11118101812
Condensed milk131314141411
Milk powder (full cream)10101011810
Skimmed milk powder131114132314

UK exports

1

Unprocessed liquid milk2299384479458426433
Processed liquid milk3657734
Butter746556454137
Cheese535562586877
Cream9210196828495
Condensed milk636451312230
Milk powder (full cream)1061069210286113
Skimmed milk powder4534601123023

UKproduction

1

Unprocessed liquid milk214,84814,64015,02014,49614,71514,906
Processed liquid milk36,9496,9397,0566,9696,9616,956
Butter139137141132126141
Cheese377366368340395396
Cream268266275270263257
Condensed milk214192177162161149
Milk powder (full cream)969710210583105
Skimmed milk powder109107102837171

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002 (provisional)

UK domestic use (disappearances)

1

Unprocessed liquid milk214,68114,38814,65614,14614,33514,547
Processed liquid milk37,0066,9917,0876,9986,9896,978
Butter182172187209200196
Cheese561577583536596584
Cream187176188198197174
Condensed milk166141138146150131
Milk powder (full cream)1201523
Skimmed milk powder595768505645

UK self sufficiency

4

Unprocessed liquid milk2101102102102103102
Processed liquid milk39999100100100100
Butter797871646364
Cheese676463636665
Cream144151146137134140
Condensed milk130136127111105114
Milk powder (full cream)5
Skimmed milk powder6141127180-527111115

1 Thousand tonnes except figures for liquid milk, which are expressed in million litres.

2 Unprocessed liquid milk is milk in its natural state prior to any form of separation or processing and may be destined for either the drinking or manufacture market.

3 Processed liquid milk is the product following separation and treatment suitable for the drinking milk market.

4 Production as percentage of total new supply.

5 As the UK only makes negligible use of full cream milk powders the self sufficiency calculation is meaningless.

6 Self sufficiency rate for 2000 is not representative of other years because of the sale of intervention stocks of skimmed milk powder.

Source:

Agriculture in the United Kingdom (2002).