HC Deb 06 December 1989 vol 163 cc238-9W
Mr. Geraint Howells

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many lowland sheep farmers in each of the Welsh counties have 500 breeding ewes or over; and what were the corresponding figures for each of the last five years.

Mr. Peter Walker

The number of holdings outside the less favourable areas with 500 breeding ewes or over is shown in the following table:

At June:
1986 1987 1988
Powys 13 13 4
Gwynedd 40 40 41
Dyfed 22 27 28
Clwyd 35 34 33
South Glamorgan 7 6 9
Mid Glamorgan 3 4 5
West Glamorgan 3 4 3
Gwent 15 17 17

1 Where fewer than 3 holdings are involved the precise number has been withheld in order to protect individual farmers' confidentiality.

Corresponding figures for earlier years are not available.

Mr. Geraint Howells

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what information he has on(a) the average size of sheep flocks in Wales and (b) comparable sheep flocks in the rest of the European Economic Community; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Peter Walker

(a) At June 1988 the average size of a sheep flock in Wales was 587 (head).

(b) the latest comparable information available is in respect of 1985 and is shown in the following table:

Average size of sheep flock
Country Number
Wales 540
United Kingdom 404
Belgium 18
Denmark 16
Federal Republic of Germany 27
Greece 38
France 69
Ireland 91
Italy 46
Luxembourg 18
Netherlands 41
Europe (10) 94

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