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Agricultural Products

Volume 474: debated on Monday 31 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the percentage of each major agricultural commodity consumed in the UK which was produced in the UK in the last period for which figures are available. (196384)

A suitable measure is UK production or UK home-fed production as a percentage of total new supply for use in the UK1, for which data are available for the calendar year 2007 for a range of agricultural commodities as detailed in the following table.

Commodity

Production as percentage of total new supply for use in the UK1

Wheat

106

Barley

108

Oats

103

Oilseed rape

111

Sugar beet

63

Potatoes

79

Vegetables

58

Fruit

11

Poultry and poultry meat

90

Beef and veal

82

Mutton and lamb

82

Pork

69

Bacon and ham

42

Hen eggs

81

Liquid milk

103

Butter

61

Cheese

55

Cream (fresh, frozen, sterilised)

114

Condensed milk

76

Milk powders

167

1 New supply for use in the UK is defined as UK production plus imports minus exports. For beef, veal, mutton and lamb the measure and term used is home-fed production and home-cured production for bacon and ham.