§ Mr. John
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will estimate the number of extra lettings that have occurred as a result of the Agriculture Holdings Act 1984 and the betterment in rent that has resulted403W
§ Mrs. Fenner
It is far too early to try to assess what effect the provisions of the 1984 Act may have had on the number of lettings. As far as rents are concerned, the Government made it clear during the passage of the Bill through Parliament that the new rent formula was designed to do no more than give legal cover to the approach already adopted by arbitrators generally. I would not, therefore, expect the 1984 Act itself to have any marked effect on the level of rents.