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Farms: Mushrooms

Volume 464: debated on Wednesday 10 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many visits Ministers have made to mushroom farms since 1991. (156536)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many prosecutions there have been of mushroom farms under the Environment Protection Act 1990. (156537)

I am not aware of any such prosecutions having been undertaken since DEFRA began collecting data on prosecutions in 2001-02.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many mushroom farms there are in England. (156538)

According to the June Survey of Agriculture, the number of registered holdings in England specialising in mushroom production at June 2006 was 43. These are holdings where mushroom growing is the predominant activity. Estimates are based on a sample survey and are, therefore, subject to a degree of sampling error.