§ Mr. Boswell
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will make a statement on the work of the Agricultural Land Tribunals over the past three years. 
§ Mr. Morley
[holding answer 13 December 2000]: MAFF is responsible for secretarial support to the seven Agricultural Land Tribunals in England. The Tribunal Chairmen and members are appointed by my right hon. and learned Friend the Lord Chancellor and are responsible to him for the conduct of tribunal hearings under statutory rules made by him.
The following table summarises the workload of the seven English Agricultural Land Tribunals over the last three years:
1997 1998 1999 Cases received 301 286 249 Cases dealt with or withdrawn 280 282 261 Number of hearings 79 82 57