HC Deb 03 December 1936 vol 318 cc1458-9W
Colonel BROWN

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?

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.