§ Mr. Geraint Howells
asked the Secretary of State for Wales how many dairy producers have left the industry during the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Alec Jones
The number of registered dairy producers in Wales fell by 8,247 in the 10 years ended December 1977. During the period the average number of cows in Welsh dairy herds increased from 20 to 35 and overall sales of milk off farms increased by 19 per cent.