HC Deb 06 April 1925 vol 182 cc1858-9W
Colonel DAY

asked the Minister of Agriculture what was the estimated consumption in Great Britain during 1924 of barley, oats, beef, mutton, pig-meat, butter and cheese; what are the proportions of these products imported from overseas and produced at home, respectively; and whether he has under consideration any proposals to increase the home production of these commodities?


Owing to the fact that the Trade Returns do not distinguish separately the trade of-Great Britain and Northern Ireland, I regret that I cannot give figures for Great Britain alone. The following table, however, gives the estimated total supply available in Great Britain and Northern Ireland of the commodities specified in the hon. and gallant Member's question together with

ESTIMATED TOTAL SUPPLY of the undermentioned Agricultural Products in 1924 in Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
Estimated Home Production. Net Imports. Estimated Total Supply. Percentage of Total.
Home Produced. Imported.
Tons. Tons. Tons. Per cent. Per cent.
Barley† 1,116,000 1,084,800 2,200,800 51 49
Oats† 2,356,000 507,500 2,863,500 82 18
Beef and Veal* 599,000 716,000 1,315,000 46 54
Mutton and Lamb* 188,000 268,000 456,000 41 59
Pig-meat* 294,000 539,000 833,000 35 65
Butter 54,400 254,100 308,500 18 82
Cheese 65,500 141,700 207,200 32 68
* Figures of Meat relate to the 12 months ended May, 1924.
† The home production of Wheat, Barley and Oats, comprises two-thirds of the crops harvested in 1923 and one-third of those harvested in 1924.