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Dairy Products

Volume 493: debated on Friday 12 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what volume of (a) liquid milk, (b) butter and (c) cheese was (i) produced in and (ii) consumed in the UK in each of the last 10 years. (277296)

[holding answer 9 June 2009]: The volume of drinking milk, butter and cheese produced in the UK and the volume available for consumption in the UK is shown in the following table.

Liquid drinking milkButterCheese

Production (million litres)

Available for consumption (million litres)

Production (thousand tonnes)

Available for consumption (thousand tonnes)

Production (thousand tonnes)

Available for consumption (thousand tonnes)

1998

6,768

6,800

137

177

367

569

1999

6,889

6,820

141

192

370

586

2000

6,793

6,759

132

201

341

538

2001

6,748

6,775

126

200

395

601

2002

6,825

6,806

136

209

371

574

2003

6,753

6,597

131

207

351

577

2004

6,693

6,497

122

208

359

600

2005

6,652

6,213

130

219

391

648

2006

6,736

6,309

117

226

400

674

2007

6,724

6,388

120

195

378

684

2008

6,722

6,468

113

171

378

697

Source:

Agriculture in the United Kingdom 2008, DEFRA.