HC Deb 02 July 2003 vol 408 cc330-1W
Mr. Peter Robinson

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people are employed(a) directly and (b) indirectly in the agricultural industry in each constituency in Northern Ireland. [122552]

Mr. Pearson

The information is as follows:

(a) The numbers employed directly on farms in each constituency are in the following table.

Parliamentary constituency Farmers and workers
Belfast, East 37
Belfast, North 16
Belfast, South 33
Belfast, West 23
East Antrim 1,403
East Londonderry 3,039
Fermanagh and South Tyrone 8,697
Foyle 1,098
Lagan Valley 2,583
Mid-Ulster 6,055
Newry and Armagh 6,579
North Antrim 5,390
North Down 357
South Antrim 2,186

Parliamentary constituency Farmers and workers
South Down 5,907
Strangford 2,273
Upper Bann 1,984
West Tyrone 6,613
Northern Ireland 54,273


These figures include farmers, partners, spouses, family and hired workers, whether full-time, part-time or employed on a casual or seasonal basis.

(b) Details of indirect employment are not available except at Northern Ireland level. Employment in the food and drinks processing sector was estimated as 18,300 persons in 2001 and a further 4,400 persons were estimated to be employed in the agricultural supply sector.