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Land (Foreign Purchases)

Volume 958: debated on Thursday 16 November 1978

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what steps he proposes to restrict the purchase of agricultural land by financial institutions and by individuals from outside the United Kingdom which restricts the prospects of young persons entering the farming industry from being able to purchase their own farms.

These matters are currently under consideration by Lord Northfield's committee on acquisition and occupancy of agricultural land, whose advice my right hon. Friend the Minister will await before deciding whether to alter our policy in this general area.