§ Mr. Sillars
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will publish figures showing the total grain crop consumption in the United Kingdom today, and 10 years ago, and if he will show how this compares with the total consumption over the same period in the United States, South America, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, the Indian sub-continent, the whole of Africa, South-East Asia and China.
§ Mr. Anthony Stodart
This information is not readily available but figures which relate as closely as possible to those requested by the hon. Member have been extracted from the FAO Commodity Review for 1972–73 and from the Common-478W wealth Secretariat Survey of Grain Crops for 1973. These are as follows:
UTILISATION OF WHEAT, COARSE GRAINS AND RICE IN THE UNITED KINGDOM AND IN OTHER SPECIFIED AREAS Million metric tons Average 1961–62 to 1965–66 1971–72 United Kingdom 20 23 U.S.A 142 180 Latin America* 50 72 U.S.S.R 123 176 Far East† 183 232 Africa‡ 36 48 China, Mainland 167 216 * Includes Mexico, South America and Caribbean countries. † Includes Indian sub-continent. ‡ Excludes Egypt, Libya, the Sudan.