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Drinking Water

Volume 488: debated on Tuesday 3 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the number of litres of bottled (a) sparkling and (b) still water consumed in England in each year since 2000; and what percentage was supplied in bottles made of (i) plastic, (ii) glass and (iii) other materials. (259495)

The following table shows the estimated number of litres of mineral water purchased in the UK in each year since 2001.

Total UK purchases of mineral water (Million litres)

April to March each year

2001-02

747

2002-03

794

2003-04

876

2004-05

950

2005-06

964

Calendar year

2006

1,103

2007

995

Source:

Expenditure and Food Survey.

From 2006, the Expenditure and Food Survey switched to a calendar year basis. It is not possible to resample earlier data on the same basis. It is also not possible to account accurately for wastage during consumption. DEFRA has no compatible population figures on which to calculate purchases on a national basis, therefore it is not possible to provide similar estimates for purchases in England. However, the following table shows the estimated average number of litres of mineral water purchased per person in England in each year since 2001.

Purchases of mineral water per person/year in litres in England

April to March each year

2001-02

13

2002-03

13

2003-04

15

2004-05

16

2005-06

16

Calendar year

2006

19

2007

17

Source:

Expenditure and Food Survey.

DEFRA does not collect statistics which distinguish between sparkling and still water or the way water is packaged.