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Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what average number of days per year was taken by staff in his Department as sick leave in each of the last five years for which records are available. 
|Working days lost||Total staff-years|
Matthew Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many farmers there were in (a) Cornwall, (b) the South West and (c) the UK in each year since 1979; and what proportion of the total workforce they made up. 
Barry Gardiner: The following table shows the number of farmers and total agricultural workforce in (a) Cornwall, (b) the South West and (c) England and the proportion of the total UK workforce they made up for 1992-2006. These are the figures that are most readily available. Figures for Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland fall under the jurisdiction of the devolved authorities.
|Numbers of farmers and agricultural labour in Cornwall (inc. Isles of Scilly), the South West region and England|
|Farmers||As percentage of total UK workforce||Agricultural labour||As percentage of total UK workforce|
1. Figures prior to 2000 cover main holdings only. Figures from 2000 onwards include main and minor holdings. A minor holding has to meet all the following conditions:
(a) have a total area of less than 6 hectares
(b) a total labour requirement of less than 100 standard person days
(c) no regular full-time farmer or worker
(d) a glasshouse area of less than a 100 square metres
(e) the occupier does not farm another holding
2. Estimates have been made for holdings not selected or not responding.
3. Office for National Statistics total labour force figures include all workforce categories (employed, self-employed, HM forces and Government supported trainees)
4. Agricultural labour force includes:
(a) principal farmers, spouses and business partners
(b) salaried managers, regular and casual/gang workers
5. Due to the introduction of new questions in 1998 figures prior to this year are not directly comparable with earlier years results.
5. Due to a register improvement exercise in 2001 labour figures prior to this are not directly comparable with later results.
June Agricultural Survey Office for National Statistics
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