HC Deb 19 November 1987 vol 122 c658W
31. Dr. Michael Clark

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food to what extent the United Kingdom is self sufficient in basic agriculture produce.

Mr. MacGregor

The provisional estimates for 1986 indicate that the United Kingdom was 59 per cent. self sufficient in all food and 78 per cent. self sufficient in indigenous type food (ie: food that can be grown commercially in this country). When compared with 1973 estimates of 50 per cent. and 60 per cent. respectively, these figures indicate the considerable success of British agriculture.

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