§ Mr. Morley
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what were the approximate average net profits for dairy farmers in each year since 1985.
§ Mr. Ancram
The net profits of dairy farmers is not determined each year as net profits is not one of the measures used to assess farm profitability in the United 237W Kingdom. Information on incomes of full-time dairy farms and other farm types is collected in the farm business survey and published each year in "Farm Incomes in the United Kingdom". The latest edition, "Farm Incomes in the United Kingdom 1992/93", shows estimates of several different measures of income for dairy farms in 1991–92 and 1992–93.
To illustrate longer-term trends in incomes, index series are also given for net farm income, occupier's net income and cash income back to 1986–87—table 1.1 and appendix 1, tables 1 and 2—the earliest year for which data are available on a consistent basis.
"Farm Incomes in the United Kingdom 1993–94" will be published in March 1995.