HC Deb 03 July 1952 vol 503 cc59-60W
76. Major Anstruther-Gray

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many acres of agricultural land in Scotland have been taken for housing, playing fields and kindred purposes since 1945; and what estimate he has made of the proportion of good land, as opposed to ground of small agricultural worth, included in this figure.

Mr. J. Stuart

Between 1st January, 1945, and 30th June, 1952, approval was given for the use of 21,666 acres of agricultural land in Scotland for local authority housing and of 2,885 acres for industry. In addition, some 4,000 acres of land have been earmarked for urban development in the new towns of East Kilbride and Glenrothes. I regret that I am unable to say how much land has been taken for the other purposes referred to, but the area involved is relatively small. The greater part of the land taken for urban development is of good or fairly good quality.