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Cultivable Land

Volume 897: debated on Monday 4 August 1975

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how much land was under cultivation in each of the following years: 1945, 1950, 1960, 1970 and 1974, respectively.

The figures for the United Kingdom as at June each year are as follows:

Crops and grass excluding rough grazing
('000 acres
19451950196019701974
31,02331,12630,86030,29030,111
The figures for 1970 and 1974 include estimates of the acreage of crops and grass on holdings with insignificant output, which were not covered by the agricultural censuses in those years but were covered by the 1945, 1950 and 1960 censuses. Some of the apparent fall in acreage between 1960 and 1970 is probably due to the area of woodlands and of land under buildings, farm roads and so on being shown separately from 1969.