§ Major CARVER
asked the Minister of Agriculture if, taking the last three years, he will state the reduction in forage and root crops entailed by laying down arable land to pasture; and whether he is investigating the effect of the diminution of rotation crops upon the number of cattle which farms can carry through the winter?
§ Mr. N. BUXTON
The reduction in the area of forage and root crops in England and Wales since 1926 is 134,400 acres, or approximately 9 per cent. There has been a very slight reduction in the numbers of cows and heifers in calf and in milk. Other cattle have decreased by about 7 per cent.