§ Mr. P. O'Neill
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how many agricultural holdings there are in Northern Ireland which attract subsidy from United Kingdom public funds, excluding holdings of under five acres; what is their average size; how many persons, including their families and employees, are dependent on the prosperity of this industry; what percentage this is of the total population; and what is the corresponding percentage in Great Britain.
I regret that the information asked for is not available. Subsidies in general—and therefore records—are related to produce and not to agricultural holdings as such. Nor is there up-to-date information about the size of the families of those dependent upon agriculture.