§ Mr. Home Robertson
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what proportion of(a) the beef production of the European Community and (b) intervention buying of beef comes from Great Britain, for the most recent year for which figures are available.
§ Mr. Donald Thompson
The total production of beef and veal in 1988 in the European Community is estimated by the European Commission as 7,660,000 tonnes. The provisional figures for United Kingdom production in 1988 is 965,000 tonnes (12.6 per cent.). In 1988 391,000 tonnes of beef were bought into intervention in the Community, of which 39,000 tonnes (9.9 per cent.) were purchased in the United Kingdom.