§ Mr. Whittingdale
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the size of the specialist fermentation sector of the food industry is in(a) the United Kingdom and (b) Europe. 
§ Alun Michael
For beer, UK production in the 2001–02 financial year was 57 million hectolitres compared with 254 million hectolitres in the rest of the EU in 2002. For cider, UK production was 4.9 million hectolitres in 2001–02 compared with 5.1 million hectolitres in the rest of the EU in 2000.