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Farms

Volume 491: debated on Thursday 23 April 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what percentage of farms have been recorded as being smaller than 27 acres in each of the last 10 years. (268574)

The following table shows the number of registered holdings over the last 10 years with less than 11 hectares (27 acres equal 10.92 hectares) and the percentage of total registered holdings in England that these equate to.

<11ha

>=11ha

Total number of holdings

Percentage of holdings for which data is available <11ha

1999

48,951

98,269

147,220

33

2000

77,415

90,440

167,855

46

2001

86,843

91,091

177,934

49

2002

85,991

88,626

187,871

49

2003

92,145

89,284

190,687

51

2004

95,022

89,601

192,824

51

2005

97,973

91,002

195,908

52

2006

95,840

92,718

200,381

51

2007

99,640

91,510

208,166

52

2008

104,528

91,566

210,520

53

Notes: 1. Data prior to 2000 are for main holdings only. Figures from 2000 onwards include main and minor holdings. 2. A register improvement exercise in 2001 and the introduction of the Single Payment Scheme in 2005 has lead to an increase in the number of registered holdings. Source: June Agricultural Survey.