To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of the gross value added of the Copeland area was dependent upon the farming industry in the latest period for which figures are available.
We are not able to provide data for the area of Copeland alone so the figures given are for the region of West Cumbria. This is made up of Copeland, Allerdale and Barrow-in-Furness, with Copeland covering just under half of the total area.
For the region of West Cumbria the agricultural industry accounted for 2.1 per cent. of gross value added in 2005.