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Dairy Farming

Volume 451: debated on Monday 30 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much milk was imported into the UK from Poland in the last 12 months; and what projections he has made of future levels of imports of milk from Poland. (95651)

The following table shows the imports of liquid milk from Poland over the last 12 months to August 2006 as recorded in the Official Trade Statistics. Imports of liquid milk were recorded for five of these months as shown in the table. There were no recorded imports for the other months in this period.

For the period January to August 2006 the total liquid milk imported from Poland accounts for 0.02 per cent. of total imports of liquid milk into the UK.

20061

Tonnes

£000

January

0.7

0.2

March

2.0

0.1

April

4.3

1.1

May

0.9

0.7

August

0.3

0.1

Grand total

8.2

2.1

1 2006 data are subject to amendments

Source:

HM Revenue and Customs

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the age profile is of dairy farmers; and if he will make a statement. (95652)

The information requested is in the table.

Age profile of dairy farmers and all farmers in England in 2005

Holder’s age breakdown

Number of holders

Percentage of total

Dairy farmers

Less than 35 years

403

3.2

35-44 years

2,123

17.0

45-54 years

3,649

29.3

55-64 years

3,827

30.7

65 years and over

2,449

19.7

All years

12,450

100.0

All farmers

Less than 35 years

4,882

2.6

35-44 years

23,769

12.9

45-54 years

42,897

23.2

55-64 years

54,050

29.2

65 years and over

59,310

32.1

All years

184,909

100.0

Source:

EC Farm Structure Survey 2005. Data prepared by Surveys, Statistics and Food Economics, Defra, York

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he is taking to reduce the burden of bureaucracy on (a) dairy farmers and (b) all farmers. (95653)

The Farming Regulation and Charging Strategy for England, published in November 2005, details a number of commitments to reduce bureaucracy and make regulatory controls more effective and easier to comply with, including through the Whole Farm Approach. The strategy is available on the DEFRA website at:

www.defra.gov.uk/farm/policy/regulation/charge/pdf/farm-regulation-strategy.pdf

DEFRA has made a commitment to reduce the administrative burdens its regulations impose on business by 25 per cent. by 2010. We have recently participated in a cross-Government exercise to measure this burden and are now in the final stages of finalising our Simplification Plan to be published in November 2006. This plan outlines a range of simplification initiatives, including many that impact on farmers, which will reduce the burden on business and reach our 25 per cent. target.

Some of these approaches will offer benefits to dairy farmers. In addition, the Government are continuing to press for the abolition of the milk quotas system, which will help to simplify existing arrangements in this sector.