§ 50. Brigadier-General CLIFTON BROWN
asked the Minister of Agriculture what are the average rents per acre which are changed by county councils for their small holdings in Berkshire and West Sussex; and what is the number and average size of the holdings in each of those counties?
§ The MINISTER of AGRICULTURE (Mr. Guinness)
The Berkshire County Council have provided 161 small holdings with an average area of 30 acres; the average rent is 34s. 7d. per acre. The figures for West Sussex are 122 small holdings with an average area of 17 acres and an average rent of 63s. 6d. per acre. Practically all the small holdings in West Sussex are situated in the south-west part of the county on soil of an exceptionally productive character. Although the area of the holdings is in some cases only from 2 to 5 acres, the majority comprise both cottage and buildings which has the effect of increasing considerably their rental value when expressed in terms of "per acre."