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Agricultural Land

Volume 455: debated on Tuesday 16 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what percentage of land in (a) England and (b) each EU member state is devoted to agricultural use. (113921)

In 2005, 75 per cent. of land in England, including common land, was on an agricultural holding. The proportion across the whole of the UK is 77 per cent.

EU-wide figures are available excluding common land. These are shown in the table as follows:

Percentage

Member state

Land on agricultural holdings (excluding common land) as a proportion of total land, 2005

Austria

80

United Kingdom

69

Czech Republic

66

Denmark

66

Ireland

66

Hungary

66

Spain

65

Slovakia

64

Netherlands

60

Italy

59

Poland

56

Germany

53

Luxembourg

53

Portugal

52

Lithuania

50

Latvia

48

Belgium

46

France

46

Slovenia

46

Malta

37

Greece

33

Cyprus

33

Estonia

26

Finland

21

Sweden

17

Bulgaria

Romania

Notes:

1. The area of land on agricultural holdings is collected through the EU Farm Structure Survey. Common land is not included as part of this survey. Although the data is largely collected on a comparable basis in each member state, the threshold for the smallest agricultural holding to be included in the survey does vary.

2. The total land area figures are for 2003.

3. The area of land on agricultural holdings is not available on a comparable basis for Bulgaria and Romania.

Sources:

Agricultural land area—EU Farm Structure Survey, 2005; Total land area—OECD Statistical Year Book, 2006