§ Mr. Geraint Howells
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many dairy producers have left the industry in Wales during the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. David Hunt
Information is not available in the form requested. However, the number of milk producers in Wales in 1981 and 1991 was as follows:
Milk Producers (a) Number (b) 1981 7,566 (c) 1991 5,539
(a) From the register maintained under the Milk and Dairies (General) Regulations 1959
(b) Figures at December
(c) Figures at September
This takes account of both new entrants and producers leaving the dairy industry.