HC Deb 04 May 1959 vol 605 c10W
Sir A. Hurd

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will give the figures of the net decreases in agricultural area of England and Wales from 1939 up to the present on account of building and other developments.

Mr. John Hare

My information on the net losses of agricultural land to particular uses is not complete.

The figures given below are approximate estimates, and in any case exclude land which has been converted to related forms of production, i.e. allotments, woodlands and forestry development: over the 19 years to 1958 the area of land transferred to these latter uses totalled 400,000 acres.

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