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Agricultural Land

Volume 19: debated on Tuesday 2 March 1982

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will provide a description by categories of the 25ยท6 thousand acres lost to farmland during the five years to June 1980 and referred to in his previous answer, Official Report, 10 February, c. 405, as other adjustments.

No breakdown of the figure 25,600 acres is available. Information on loss of agricultural land is obtained as a by-product of the agricultural census and is known to be incomplete. This matter is discussed in the paper "Agricultural land losses in the United Kingdom" published in Statistical News No. 55, November 1981, a copy of which I shall send my hon. Friend.