HC Deb 07 March 1990 vol 168 c680W
Dr. David Clark

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many farmers, partners, directors and farm workers were employed in each county in Scotland in(a) June and (b) December 1989.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton

Scottish counties ceased to be used for agricultural statistics purposes after 1975 following local government reform. The number of farmers and farm workers in June 1989, by local authority region, is shown in the table; partners and directors are not separately enumerated in the June agricultural census but are included either as farmers or farm workers:

Region Number of farmers Number of farmworkers
Islands 2,166 901
Highland 2,817 1,901
Grampian 4,689 5,095
Tayside 2,073 3,736
Fife 744 1,613
Lothian 758 1,764
Borders 1,281 2,507
Central 786 1,027
Strathclyde 4,288 5,458
Dumfries and Galloway 2,352 3,938
Scotland 21,954 27,940

The December survey is based on returns from only a sample of farmers and is not designed to produce statistics of the agricultural labour force at regional level.

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