§ 76. Mr. W. Yates
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what were the total numbers of milking cows in Great Britain in 1961, 1962, and 1963; what were the numbers of milking cows in Shropshire in the same years; what was the total production of milk in Great Britain and in Shropshire in those years; and what is the estimated production of milk in 1964.
§ Mr. Scott-Hopkins
The numbers of milking cows in Great Britain, as recorded in the June Census Returns, were 3,035,000 in 1961, 3,089,000 in 1962, and 3,052,000 in 1963. Corresponding figures for the county of Shropshire were 106,000, 108,000 and 108,000 respectively.
Total sales of milk through the marketing schemes of Great Britain during the calendar years 1961, 1962 and 1963 were, in million gallons 2,270, 2,335 and 2,264; corresponding figures for the county of Shropshire were 85, 88 and 86 million gallons.12W
It is difficult to forecast the level of sales in Great Britain during 1964 but present indications suggest that the level of sales in 1964 will not be very different from that in 1963.