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Food

Volume 487: debated on Monday 26 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the percentage of food consumed in (a) 2006, (b) 2007 and (c) 2008 which was produced domestically. (250759)

In 2006, 49 per cent. of all food consumed in the UK was produced in the UK. In 2007 the figure was 51 per cent. This is based on the farmgate value of unprocessed food. The figure for 2007 is provisional. Figures for 2008 are not yet available.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the percentage of (a) vegetables and (b) fruits consumed which was produced domestically in (i) 2006, (ii) 2007 and (iii) 2008. (250760)

In 2006, 57 per cent. of all fresh vegetables supplied in the UK were produced in the UK. In 2007 the figure was 55 per cent. In both 2006 and 2007, 6 per cent. of all fresh fruit supplied in the UK were produced in the UK.

These estimates are based on volume. The figure for 2007 is provisional. Figures for 2008 are not yet available.