§ 29. Mr. Sydney Chapman
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what is his latest estimate of the numbers of acres of land classified for agricultural uses in England and Wales; and how this figure compares with one year and two years previously.
§ Mr. Anthony Stodart
In June 1972 there were 27,231,000 acres of agricultural land excluding common rough grazings in England and Wales. It can be misleading to give changes between one single year and another, but the average yearly reduction over the five years ending in June 1971 was 62,500 acres.