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Agricultural Crops

Volume 447: debated on Tuesday 13 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the total value of the agricultural crop in Northern Ireland was in each of the past four years; and what the total value of agricultural subsidies was in each year. (75969)

Gross output is the standard measure of the value of agricultural output. The published gross output figures normally include the value of agricultural subsidies paid on products. In answer to this question the gross output figures for agriculture in Northern Ireland are given with the subsidy on products removed to give a clearer picture of the value of market returns. These figures and the total value of direct agricultural subsidies in Northern Ireland for the last four years are presented in the following table. The figures for 2005 are provisional and may be subject to change as more up-to-date information becomes available.

£ million

Gross agricultural output less subsidies on products

Total direct agricultural subsidies

2002

925.2

248.1

2003

1,026.1

238.5

2004

1,055.8

277.4

2005 (Provisional)

1,048.0

281.7