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Land Classification

Volume 86: debated on Monday 11 November 1985

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (1) how far his Department has progressed in its review of the agricultural land classification system for England and Wales; and when the results of the study are likely to be made available;(2) if he will place in the Library the technical documents and supporting papers produced by his Department as background to the review of the agricultural land classification system.

My Department is currently reviewing the agricultural land classification system to improve the quantitative basis of some of the technical criteria used to define land quality grades. This work is being carried out by ADAS specialists in collaboration with the Soil Survey of England and Wales and the Meteorological Office. A number of interested organisations have also been kept informed. The review is now well advanced and we hope to circulate a consultation paper in 1986. There are no technical developments or background papers I could usefully place in the Library of the house.