HC Deb 23 February 1939 vol 344 cc584-5W
Mr. A. Duckworth

asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he can state the total estimated acreage of agricultural land in Great Britain in 1914, 1930 and at the latest available date?

Sir R. Dorman-Smith

I regret that strictly comparable estimates of the acre age of land used for agriculture in Great Britain in the years mentioned are not available, but the following statement shows the acreage of land under crops and permanent grass (commonly known as cultivated land) and also such estimates as are available of the acreage of all land used for agricultural purposes, including rough grazing, both in sole occupation and used in common.

Cultivated Land (Acres). Total Agricultural Land (Acres).
1914 31,900,185 44,786,891
1930 30.021,165 44.815,385
1938 29,271,500 45,352,100*
* The figures for 1938 (which are subject to slight revision) include the area of deer forests in Scotland used or capable of being used for grazing, whilst prior to 1932 any acreage of deer forests which was included was only that acreage actually used for grazing.