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Land Commission And Executive Committees (Activities)

Volume 499: debated on Thursday 24 April 1952

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asked the Minister of Agriculture how many acres were being managed or farmed by the Agricultural Land Commission and the county agricultural executive committees in the years 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951 and at the latest available date; and what was the profit or loss on their farming activities.

The acreage of land managed or farmed by the Agricultural Land Commission on 31st March in each year since 1948 was:

YearFarmed directLetTotal
AcresAcresAcres
1948NilNilNil
1949Nil62,28662,286
19502,750106,136108,886
19513,851143,082146,933
19528,812188,522197,334
The loss on the Commission's farming activities, as shown in the published accounts, was:

1949–50£3,870
1950–51£6,940
1951–52Not yet available.
The acreage of land managed or farmed by County Agricultural Executive Committees in England and Wales on 31st March in each year since 1948 was:

YearFarmed directLet on licenceTotal*
AcresAcresAcres
1948255,229222,108477,337
1949230,024184,677414,701
1950136,707138,909275,616
195169,84769,150138,997
195222,07852,61074,688
* These totals cover land held by Committees under requisition, land requisitioned or owned by Service Departments but farmed under arrangements made by the Committees, and (since 1950) a small acreage taken into possession under Section 18 of the Agriculture Act, 1947.
The loss on county agricultural executive Committees' farming activities, as shown in the published accounts was:

1948–49£909,913
1949–50£680,322
1950–51£197,761
1951–52Not yet available.