HC Deb 26 April 1955 vol 540 c53W
Mr. J. E. B. Hill

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food the estimated total gross fixed investment in agriculture, excluding forestry and fishing, in 1954; how this sum was divided as between vehicles, plant and buildings; and to define the items, and their values, which comprise these three categories.

Mr. Amory:

The total of gross fixed investment for agriculture is estimated to have been£88 million for Great Britain in 1954; this comprises£4 million for public investment (mainly building work but not including arterial drainage) and£84 million for private investment. The private investment is divided between£55 million for plant and machinery,£6 million for vehicles and£23 million for building and construction. All the figures include purchases for replacement. Plant and machinery includes such items as glasshouses and poultry houses; vehicles include farm lorries and vans but not cars; building and construction includes farm houses as well as farm buildings, water supplies and farm drainage, but not farm cottages.

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