HC Deb 05 February 1985 vol 72 cc495-6W
Mr. Deakins

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what was the total European Economic Community agricultural production for cereals, milk, meat, sugar beet, wine and olive oil, respectively, in the first year of United Kingdom membership; and what has been the percentage change in production for each sector up to the latest year for which figures are available.

Mr. MacGregor

The information requested is as follows. It should be noted that agricultural production fluctuates from year to year and a comparison between individual years is not necessarily a reliable indicator of the underlying trend in production. Wine production exhibits particularly marked seasonal fluctuations.

EC 10 Usable Production
1973–74* '000 tonnes Percentage change 1973–74 to 1984–85* forecast
Cereals (total, excluding rice) 107,979 + 39
Milk† 91,927 + 20‡
Meat (total) 19,230 + 27≑
Sugar (white equivalent) 9,315 + 31
Olive Oil 758 + 32
'000 hectolitres
Wine 175,665 - 15
* EC Marketing years except where stated.
† Production of milk from dairy herds, excluding suckled milk; this is not the same definition as it used for the calculation of production quotas.
‡ Calendar year 1973 to calendar year 1984.
≑ Calendar year 1973 to calendar year 1983.

Sources: EUROSTAT, EC Commission; Oil World.