HC Deb 14 April 1978 vol 947 c560W
Mr. Shepherd

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will show how each £1 spent by consumers on food can be apportioned to each of the following sectors for 1978 (a) home production—farm-gate return—, (b) imported food stuffs, at quay-side, (c) manufacturing industry, (d) wholesale and (e) retail.

Mr. Bishop

No precise or up to-date statistics are available. The latest estimate is that in 1975–76 British farmers and growers received about 27p and importers 21p of each £1.00 spent by the consumer on food. The balance, which includes indirect taxes, was split approximately as to two-fifths each to manufacturing and retailing and one fifth to wholesaling.