§ Mr. Brian Parkyn
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what is the average acreage of farms today in England and Wales, not including hill farms; and how this compares with the figure 10 years ago.
§ Mr. John Mackie
At June, 1965, the latest date for which there is complete information, the average crops and grass acreage on all agricultural holdings in England and Wales was 76½ acres compared with 66 acres at June, 1955. Separate figures excluding holdings in the hills are not available. The average acreage of farms would be somewhat higher than that of holdings, because in some cases two or more holdings are fanned together as one business.