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Annual Review White Paper

Volume 79: debated on Tuesday 21 May 1985

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food to what factors he attributes the difference in trend between England and the other countries of the United Kingdom in agricultural land prices and rents, as shown in table 25 of the annual review White Paper, Cmnd. 9243.

It is not possible to say which factors mainly determine changes in average land prices in the different countries of the United Kingdom. A large number of influences is normally at work simultaneously—for example, location, quality, profitability in farming and strength of the local market, including whether or not planning permission is available. Also, when numbers of sales in an area are small, the average price for a particular period can be heavily influenced by one or two large transactions. Agricultural rents are generally determined locally by periodic reviews in which landowners or their agents negotiate with tenants.