HL Deb 04 February 1997 vol 577 c146WA
The Earl of Swinton

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What farm incomes were in 1996.

Lord Lucas

Provisional figures show that total income from farming fell by 8 per cent. in real terms in 1996. However, incomes remain higher in real terms than in 1994 and the preceding 10 years and, in the four years up to 1995, they rose by over 75 per cent. in real terms. Detailed estimates of the income, output and productivity of United Kingdom agriculture in 1996 were published this morning and have been placed in the Library of the House.