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Food Supplies

Volume 481: debated on Monday 27 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 29 September 2008, Official Report, column 2419W, on food, what estimate he has made of the level of UK self-sufficiency in (a) milk and other dairy products and (b) each type of fish in each year since 1997. (228518)

Figures on the level of UK self-sufficiency in (a) milk and other dairy products and (b) fish in each year since 1997. Figures are only readily available for fish in total.

UK production (in weight or volume) as a percentage of total new supply for use in the UK

Liquid milk

Butter

Cheese

Cream -fresh, frozen, sterilized

Condensed milk

Milk powders

Fish1

1997

99

78

67

154

130

350

74

1998

99

77

65

163

136

393

77

1999

100

74

63

157

127

207

70

2000

100

65

63

146

111

330

70

2001

100

63

66

128

105

219

65

2002

100

65

65

133

112

298

66

2003

100

63

61

144

101

332

74

2004

100

58

60

126

96

211

70

2005

100

59

60

125

83

112

65

2006

100

52

59

121

74

152

54

20072

100

61

55

114

76

167

64

1 Landings are given in terms of landed weight equivalent (i.e. head on, gutted for most species). Landings include transhipments of mackerel and exclude salmon and trout. Excludes fish products.

2 Provisional.

Source:

DEFRA HMRC, MFA.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps the Government are taking to increase national self-sufficiency in food production. (228075)

The UK is currently 60 per cent. self-sufficient in all foods, and over 74 per cent. self-sufficient in foods that can be produced in this country.

In July, the Prime Minister's Strategy Unit published a study entitled “Food Matters: Towards a Strategy for the 21st Century”, which identified a number of areas of food policy requiring further examination by the Government. DEFRA is taking forward the report's recommendation on the need for a sustainable vision to guide future food policy in conjunction with the Department of Health and the Food Standards Agency.

The Government are also consulting on their discussion document, “Ensuring the UK's Food Security in a Changing World”, to ensure that all of our food supply chains, from whatever source, are resilient and robust in the face of challenges to our food security in the future.