HC Deb 19 January 1993 vol 217 cc202-3W
Mr. Tyler

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will estimate the level of average net farm income at constant prices for(a) England. (b) Wales, (c) Scotland and (d) Northern Ireland in 1992, 1993 and 1994.

Mr. Curry

Provisional estimates of net farm income in 1992 will be published shortly. Estimates for 1993 and 1994 income levels are not available.

Mr. Ron Davies

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what has been the level of farm incomes in(a) less-favoured areas, (b) disadvantaged areas and (c) severely disadvantaged areas, in cash terms and real terms in each year since 1982.

Mr. Curry

Year by year comparisons can best be made by reference to results from a constant sample of farms. The following table shows indices of net farm income in nominal and real terms for each year from 1982–83 to 1992–93 on farms in the United Kingdom's less favoured areas and estimated income levels for the latest available constant sample. The information given takes no account of the impact of the recent green pound devaluations. Sheep farmers in the less favoured areas can expect an additional total subsidy of at least £1.80 per ewe in respect of 1992.

Mr. Gummer

The following table lists the organisations which have formal representation on each advisory body given in the annual "Public Bodies" publication, the latest edition of which relates to 1991 and is available from the Library of the House.

However for the majority of the bodies' members are appointed on the basis of their personal expertise rather than because of the organisation by which they are employed.

Advisory body Organisations represented formally
Advisory Committee on Pesticides
Agricultural Dwelling House Advisory Committees (i) National Farmers Union (NFU)
(ii) Transport and General Workers Union (T&GWU) (Rural Agricultural and Allied Workers Trade Group)
Agricultural Statistics Consultative Committee (i) NFU
(ii) Country Landowners Association (CLA)
(iii) T&GWU (Agriculture and Allied Workers National Trade Group)
Banana Trade Advisory Committee (i) Geest Industries Ltd. plc
(ii) Fyffe Group Ltd.
(iii) Jamaica Producers Marketing Co. Ltd.
(iv) Windward Islands Banana Growers Association (WINBAN)
(v) Jamaica Marketing Co. Ltd. (JAMCA)
Committee of Agricultural Valuation
Consultative Panel on Badgers and Tuberculosis (i) NFU
(iii) RSPCA
(iv) Universities Federation for Animal Welfare
(v) Joint Nature Conservation Committee
(vi) Royal Society for Nature Conservation
(vii) Flora and Fauna Preservation Society
(viii) T&GWU
(ix) British Veterinary Association
(x) Mammal Society
(xi) National Federation of Badger Groups
Consumers' Committee for England and Wales under the Agricultural Marketing Act 1958
Consumers' Committee for Great Britain under the Agricultural Marketing Act 1958
Farm Animal Welfare Council
Food Advisory Committee
Hill Farming Advisory Committee for England, Wales and Northern ireland
National Food Survey Committee
Priorities Board for Research and Development in Agriculture and Food
Regional Panels for the Farming Industry
Salmon Advisory Committee
Spongiform Encephalopathy Advisory Committee
Steering Group on Chemical Aspects of Food Surveillance
Sugar Beet Research and Education Committee (i) NFU
(ii) British Sugar plc
Veterinary Products Committee