HC Deb 10 June 2002 vol 386 cc929-30W
Paul Flynn

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what income was received by farms in each of the past three years(a) before deductions of wages paid to farmers and their families and (b) net of those deductions. [57264]

Mr. Morley

Most farmers are either self-employed or partners and therefore their income is the return from the farming business rather than wages. Total Income from Farming represents the income to farmers, partners, directors, their spouses and most other family workers. The distribution of that income between those parties is an individual matter for each farm business.

Total Income from Farming in each of the last three years is given in the table.

Total Income from Farming (TIFF)
— million
1999 2,252
2000 1,513
2001 1,710