HC Deb 29 July 1953 vol 518 cc169-70W
113. Colonel Gomme-Duncan

asked the Minister of Agriculture on what basis it is assumed by Her Majesty's Government that not less than a further 2,000,000 acres of farming land in Great Britain will be taken for other purposes during the next 60 years.

Sir T. Dugdale

There are no exact figures to show how many acres of land are used for development each year, but it has been estimated by some authorities that the current rate of loss in England and Wales may be as much as 50,000 acres annually. I cannot say how far this figure is right or wrong.

The figure stated in the Question as the possible loss over the next 60 years also relates to England and Wales and is based on the assumption that there will be some reduction in the current estimated rate of loss in later years.