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Volume 407: debated on Tuesday 24 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of (a) the Brecon Beacons, (b) the Norfolk Broads, (c) Dartmoor, (d) Snowdonia, (e) Exmoor, (f) the Lake District, (g) Loch Lomond and the Trossachs, (h) the North York Moors, (i) Northumberland, (j) the Peak District, (k) the Pembrokeshire Coast and (l) the Yorkshire Dales is given over to agriculture; and what the agricultural products was in each case in the last year for which figures are available. [119145]

The total agricultural area (as at June 2002) and the total area of each specified National Park in England is shown in the following table. National Parks in Scotland and Wales fall under the jurisdiction of the devolved authorities concerned.

National ParkTotal area of National Park (Sq km)Total area of agriculture (Sq km)Agricultural area as percentage of total area
(b) The Broads303175.657.9
(c) Dartmoor954481.450.5
(e) Exmoor693510.173.6
(f) The Lake District2,2921,268.655.3
(h) The North York Moors1,432781.254.5
(i) Northumberland1,049734.470.0
(j) The Peak District1,4381,139.979.3
(l) The Yorkshire Dales1,7731,210.868.3


1. The Association of National Park Authorities,

2. Yorkshire Dales National Park,

3. The June 2002 Census of Agriculture and Horticulture.

Agricultural output for each National Park in England can be found at the internet link: interactive_maps/natpark_map. Asp