Defra recognises the central importance of being able to use and publish high quality, accessible statistical information and then being able to analyse this information as a key part of policy development. The Department’s Government Statisticians provide this capability and are key to Defra’s ability to understand and develop data sources, in order to support the policy making process.
Statisticians are also at the heart of our links with both the European Union (EU) and a wide range of external stakeholders. Publicly accessible datasets cover agriculture, food, fisheries, the environment and sustainable development and include:
- Food and farming statistics
Including our key publications "Agriculture in the United Kingdom" and "Family Food", detailed farm and commodity statistics and the Farm Business Survey.
- Environment and wildlife statistics
Statistics on the environment in the United Kingdom, including air quality, coastal and marine waters, inland water quality and use, land use and land cover, waste and recycling, noise, UK Environmental Protection Expenditure, and Public Behaviour and Attitudes towards the environment. Currently this section also covers wildlfe statistics, and climate change and radioactivity material now covered by DECC.
- Rural and countryside statistics
Information both as interactive querying and mapping facilities through our Rural Evidence Hub (REH) and as ‘off-the-shelf’ information in the form of reports and maps, the rural atlas, definitions and descriptions.
- National and Official Statistics, including the Code of Practice, Survey Control and Confidentiality and Data Protection
- UK Sustainable Development Indicators
National, regional and international indicators plus a summary, "Sustainable Development Indicators in Your Pocket
Your questions and comments about information presented on this page are welcome. Contact information and Email.
Copyright of data and/or information presented in these pages may not reside solely with this Department. Please see guidance on Copyright.
Page last modified: 8 November 2010
Page published: 9 June, 2007