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Land Use

Volume 888: debated on Wednesday 12 March 1975

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how much land has been lost to agriculture in each of the past five years ; and to what uses, such as housing and industrial, it has been put.

The precise information requested is not available, but the following are estimates of land transferred out of agricultural use in England and Wales, excluding land transferred to Forestry Commission and private woodlands. The estimates are based on the agricultural census which is concerned with holdings having significant output.

5–year periodNet Annual Transfer (Acres)
1964–65 to 1968–6942,000
1965–66 to 1969–7046,300
1966–67 to 1970–7149,800
1967–68 to 1971–7262,100
1968–69 to 1972–7366,800†
†The most recent five year period available.
In formation as to the areas of land subject subsequently to particular forms of development is not available.

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how much agricultural land is owned or leased by local authorities in East Anglia and by State corporations and Ministries throughout the United Kingdom.