§ Mrs. Winifred Ewing
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether the 166W Scottish Office has carried out, or intends to carry out, investigations or surveys into land use; and whether he will give details of such studies including information on the incidence of good farm land in Scotland being allocated for housing purposes.
§ Mr. William Ross
Under the Planning Acts, surveys of land use, to the extent necessary for development planning, are a statutory function of local authorities. Figures which I obtain periodically on the loss of agricultural land for development are published in the annual volume of Agricultural Statistics for Scotland.