§ 13. Mr. T. SMITH
asked the Minister of Agriculture the number of small holdings in England and Wales; the estimated acreage; and the number of people engaged?
§ Sir G. BOWYER
The number of holdings above one acre and not exceeding 50 acres in extent in England and Wales 8 in Junt, 1930, was 255,000, with a total area of 4,045,000 acres. Particulars of acreage of such holdings for later years are not available, but the number in 1934 was 243,000. These figures include parcels of land which are separately returned, but in many cases comprise areas of accommodation and other land which would not normally be regarded as agricultural or small holdings. My right hon. Friend is unable to state the number of persons engaged on such holdings.