HC Deb 24 February 1955 vol 537 cc200-2W
Mr. J. Taylor

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many new farms, crofts and smallholdings have been established in Scotland during the years 1946 to 1954, inclusive; and how many acres have been reclaimed and resettled in Scotland during the same period.

Mr. Snadden

During the years 1946 to 1954 inclusive, 36 new holdings were constituted in Scotland by the Secretary of State under land settlement powers. The total extent of these holdings was 1,740 acres. No land reclamation was involved.

Mr. J. Taylor

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many applications were in the possession of the Department of Agriculture for Scotland at the end of 1945 for new farms, crofts and smallholdings; how many have been received since; and how many applications have been granted.

Mr. Snadden

The number of outstanding applications for holdings held by the Department at 31st December, 1945, was 10,573. Between that date and the end of 1954 a further 5,627 applications were received and 448 applicants were placed on holdings. A large proportion of the outstanding applications are now likely to be ineffective for various reasons.

Mr. Patrick Maitland

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland the area of agricultural land, including grazings, in Scotland in 1933, 1939, 1943, 1946 and 1953; and if he will state the acreage of forests in the same years.

Mr. Snadden

The acreages shown by the official returns are as follows:

Year Agricultural land including rough grazings (a) Forests (b)
Thousand acres Thousand acres
1933 15,054 1,210
1939 15,023 1,265
1943 15,252 1,285
1946 15,376 1,295
1953 15,284 1,400

(a) Includes land in deer forests used or capable of being used, for grazing.

(b) The forest area figures relate to 30th September and cover potential as well as actual forests, i.e., they include areas of felled, devastated and scrub woodlands.