§ Mr. N. MACLEAN
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he will state the number of smallholdings of one acre and up to 50 acres existing in Scotland on the last available date, and comparable figures for 1931?
§ Sir G. COLLINS
The number of agricultural holdings in Scotland exceeding one and not exceeding 50 acres of land under crops and grass, according to the returns made to the Department of Agriculture for Scotland, was 49,438 in 1934, and 50,495 in 1931. The apparent decrease of 1,057 is mainly due to a change in classification, a large number of pieces of grazing land being no longer reckoned as separate holdings.