§ Mr. Cormack
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how many acres of agricultural land were lost to industrial, commercial, urban expansion and other uses during 1980 and 1981, respectively.
§ Mrs. Fenner
I regret that the information is not available in these precise terms.
For the five-year period ending in June 1980, the latest period for which information is available, the average annual net transfer of land out of agriculture in England is estimated to be:
Thousand Acres (Thousand Hectares) Urban, industrial and recreational development —20.8 (—8.4) Government departments +0.4 (+0.1) Forestry and woodlands +0.2 (+0.1) Other adjustments —25.6 (—10.3) Total —45.8 (—18.5)