§ Mr. Ridley
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food for each £1 spent in retail shops on food purchases, how much goes, respectively, to British farmers and growers, overseas farmers and growers and processing, packaging, wholesale, retail and distribution.
§ Mr. Strang
No precise or up-to-date statistics are available. A broad estimate is that in 1974–75 of each £1 spent by the consumer on food British farmers and growers received about 27p and importers 22p. The balance, which includes indirect taxes, was split approximately as to two-fifths each to manufacturing and retailing and one-fifth wholesaling.