HC Deb 16 November 1971 vol 826 cc199-200
9. Miss Quennell

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what tonnage of home-grown barley he estimates will be taken up by the brewing industry this year.

Mr. Anthony Stodart

About 800,000 tons.

Miss Quennell

I am obliged to my hon. Friend for that reply. Can he give any idea of the future uptake by the industry of home-grown barley? Does he expect it to rise, to fall, or to remain static?

Mr. Stodart

Although prediction is always dangerous, it is almost certain that the uptake will increase as the years go by. Beer consumption is increasing by between 2 and 3 per cent. every year, and I expect the use of home-grown barley to rise in line with it.

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