HC Deb 19 December 2003 vol 416 cc153-4W
Mr. Ruffley

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people were employed in the agriculture sector in(a) Suffolk, (b) Norfolk, (c) Cambridgeshire, (d) Essex and (e) England in each year since 1997. [143530]

Mr. Bradshaw

I have been asked to reply.

Figures for the agricultural labour force (paid and unpaid) are collected annually from the June Agricultural Census. They include managerial and office work on the holding, the preparation and marketing of produce and maintenance but exclude gardeners, groundsmen, gamekeepers, grooms, farm shop workers, sales assistants in garden centres, domestic staff in the farmhouse and schoolchildren.