Food: Wheat

House of Lords written question – answered on 16th July 2008.

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Photo of The Duke of Montrose The Duke of Montrose Shadow Minister, Scotland

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What is the current wheat resource in the United Kingdom and the European Community; and what that represents in terms of days of consumption.

Photo of Lord Rooker Lord Rooker Minister of State (Sustainable Farming, Food and Animal Welfare), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) (Sustainable Farming, Food and Animal Welfare), Deputy Leader of the House of Lords

UK wheat stocks at the end of June 2008 have been forecast by Defra to amount to some 1.9 million tonnes. This represents around 52 days of UK wheat consumption. EU wheat stocks have been forecast by the European Commission at some 15.7 million tonnes. This represents around 53 days of EU wheat consumption.

Wheat available for consumption in the year 1 July 2008 to 31 June 2009 will be a combination of the stocks at the end of June 2008, production from the 2008 UK harvest and imports. It is not possible to forecast wheat production at this stage, but the Defra December 2007 survey of agriculture estimates that wheat plantings for the 2008 harvest were 10 per cent higher than the year before.

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