§ Dr. Strang
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food whether the autumn review of hill livestock compensatory allowances statistical tables and charts draws on information published in the annual farm business survey; and what other sources of information are used to establish farm size, livestock and numbers and farm income indices.
§ Mr. Jack
The data on farm incomes which is presented in the statistical tables and charts are derived from the farm business survey in England, Wales and Northern Ireland 1065W and the farm accounts system in Scotland. Data on livestock numbers are derived from the agricultural census and from records of the claims for hill livestock compensatory allowances. When average survey results of two or more groups of sample farms are combined, the results for each group are given a weight proportional to the total number of holdings in that group recorded at the June agricultural census.