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Food: Exports

Volume 490: debated on Monday 30 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the amount of domestic (a) meat, (b) eggs, (c) bread, (d) wheat, (e) fruit, (f) vegetables, (g) milk and (h) total food production that was exported in each year since 1997. (264583)

[holding answer 19 March 2009]: Estimates of the volume of exports for meat, eggs, bread, wheat, fruit, vegetables and milk are shown in table 1.

Exports of food, animal feed and alcoholic drinks are shown in table 2. These are presented in £ million, in real terms at 2007 prices. All figures other than bread are published in “Agriculture in the United Kingdom”.

The figures shown may include re-exports of imported produce.

Table 1: UK exports of various commodities

Figures in thousand tonnes except milk in million litres and eggs in million dozens

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

Meat

614

641

580

523

280

400

443

474

481

499

574

Liquid drinking milk

85

156

203

156

63

67

193

251

485

512

423

Eggs

26

27

12

15

10

16

16

13

13

18

17

Wheat

3,720

4,208

2,853

3,672

1,626

1,625

3,778

2,293

2,466

2,116

1,912

Fruit

72

69

74

60

74

70

79

106

121

178

148

Vegetables

280

77

91

99

103

113

103

93

88

83

88

Bread

61

61

63

69

85

72

58

69

63

65

86

Table 2: UK exports of food, animal feed and alcoholic drinks in real terms at 2007 prices

£ million

1997

12,891

1998

11,664

1999

11,092

2000

10,557

2001

10,140

2002

10,453

2003

11,260

2004

10,736

2005

10,698

2006

10,955

2007

11,379