asked the hon. and gallant Member for Barkston Ash, as representing the Forestry Commissioners, how many acres of agricultural land, inclusive of moorland, have been acquired by the Commissioners by purchase on long lease during the last five years in England, Scotland and Wales, respectively?1459W
§ Colonel ROPNER
Land acquired by the Forestry Commissioners during the
— Plantable (including standing woods and plantations) Forest workers' holdings and other agriculture land. Unplantable. Total Acres. Acres. Acres. Acres. England and Wales … 81,100 5,100 44,800 131,000 Scotland … 47,250 2,150 48,600 98,000 Great Britain … 128,350 7,250 93,400 229,000
The agricultural and holdings land consists of arable and improved pasture. Both the plantable and unplantable land include moorland but no record is available of the precise area of moorland falling into each class.
The Department's records relate to England and Wales as a single administrative unit and separate figures for Wales are therefore not readily available.