Milk: Imports

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 14th May 2009.

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Photo of Albert Owen Albert Owen Labour, Ynys Môn

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many litres of liquid milk were imported into the UK from (a) Ireland, (b) EU member states and (c) other countries in the latest period for which figures are available.

Photo of Jane Kennedy Jane Kennedy Minister of State (Farming and the Environment), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Liquid milk imports are shown in the following tables. Liquid milk is imported into the UK in two forms, as raw milk for processing by dairies in the UK, or as liquid drinking milk (e.g. pasteurised or UHT milk).

Imports of raw milk come from the Republic of Ireland for processing by dairies in Northern Ireland.

Imports of raw milk for processing into the UK—2008
Million litres
Irish Republic 41.3


Liquid drinking milk is imported mainly from the Republic of Ireland, Belgium, Netherlands, France and Germany. There were no recorded imports of liquid milk from Non-EU countries during 2008.

Imports of liquid drinking milk into the UK from the EU—2008
Million litres
Irish Republic 54.4
Belgium 27.4
Netherlands 21.6
France 17.2
Germany 12.8
Other EU countries 0.6
Total UK imports from EU countries 134.1


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Davia Broome
Posted on 13 Jun 2009 1:41 pm (Report this annotation)

Why do we import so much milk when we should be supporting our own dairy industry? Do we export any milk to EU countries or Ireland?

Davia Broome.