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Arable Land

Volume 932: debated on Monday 16 May 1977

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what is the number of acres of arable land in England and Wales; and what is the current arable land loss rate from all causes in England and Wales.

The arable land returned at the June 1976 Agricultural Census for England and Wales totalled 13,638,000 acres. It is estimated that an average of 76,100 acres a year was transferred out of agriculture to all other uses in the six years ending June 1975, the latest period for which this information is available. It is regretted that separate figures for arable land transfers are not maintained.