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Departmental Land

Volume 491: debated on Monday 20 April 2009

To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners how many acres of agricultural land were sold by the Church Commissioners in each year from 2000 to 2008. (268749)

The Commissioners do not record this information and could not establish it retrospectively without incurring disproportionate cost.

To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners how much the Church Commissioners received on average per acre of agricultural land they sold in each year since 2000. (268809)

The Commissioners do not record average proceeds per acre but I can tell the hon. Gentleman that total proceeds for agricultural land for each year between 2001 and 2007 were as follows:

£ million

2001

7

2002

5.9

2003

5.3

2004

15.6

2005

6.1

2006

36.2

2007

59.7

In 2000, agricultural sales were not recorded separately so the total proceeds for the year (£11.2 million) represents a mixture of agricultural and residential sales.

Figures for 2008 are not yet fully audited; they will be published in May.