HC Deb 14 March 1977 vol 928 cc21-2W
Mr. Hardy

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what was the total value of agricultural exports from the United Kingdom in 1976; how this compares with the position in 1975; and if he will state the significant categories in which exports were improved by more than 25 per cent.

Mr. Bishop

The total value of the United Kingdom's exports in the agricultural and food sector in 1976 was £2,778.7 million. This was an increase of £507.2 million on the figure for 1975. The significant sections of the Standard International Trade Classification, in which the value of exports was improved by more than 25 per cent. were:

Class III) the total cost of running my Department is £118 million. This comprises expenditure by my Department on salaries, travelling and other administrative expenses, and by other Government Departments on common services. Part of the expenditure—£5.4 million—is recouped by way of fees and other charges for services rendered.

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