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There is again other information, notably the monthly indices, effectively for one year only with one annual average, of the two main purehase price and producer price series. e. e. the national income basis) which again aggregates agriculture, forestry and fishing. This must be approached with great caution; it is largely based on an interpolation of annual figures since it is clearly ridiculous to ascribe agricultural production, for so many products, only to the harvest months. 31] which has been published since 1973, is now an important regular source of information on the activities of the Board in administering the legislation governing the market support arrangements of the Common Agricultural Policy in the Uni ted Kingdom.

The first is the summary information on agriculture in the national economy (normaHy the first entry). This always covers the five latest years (with a provisional estimate for the last calendar year prior to publication) with one earlier entry for the average of three years some ten years back. It shows agriculture's contribution to gross domestic product, its share in gross fixed capital formation, manpower engaged (inc1uding the self-employed), imports and exports of food, feed and alcoholic beverages (with a volume and a price index), consumers' expenditure on food and alcoholic beverages, and value of home produced food as a percentage both of aH food consumed and of aH indigenous type food consumed.

While much of the material covers a five year run and deals with the Uni ted Kingdom and countries, the bulk of the information on tenure and activity is for one year only. 3 The Horticulture Section is short. It deals with areas in various uses in the Uni ted Kingdom and the four countries at the June Census and the area of glasshouses in June and December. In the introductory notes it is emphasised that additional details can be obtained on application. 4 The county statistics, which provide disaggregated coverage of the material in the agriculture and horticulture sections (excluding production and yields) relate only to England.

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