§ Mr. Elystan Morgan
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what is the estimated current production cost of beef (a) in Wales and (b) in England.
§ Mr. Anthony Stodart
No official estimates of the comparative production costs of beef in England and Wales are available, but the hon. Member may care to refer to a recent publication by the University of Newcastle* which compares production costs of beef cattle on hill farms in the North of England and Wales in 1968–69 and 1969–70.* Hill and Upland Beef Herds ; an economic analysis of mainly single suckled calf production in the hill and upland areas of the North of England and Wales (University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne ; Agricultural Enterprise Studies in England and Wales, Economic Report No. 22).