HC Deb 23 January 1975 vol 884 cc431-2W
Mr. Evelyn King

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how many acres of agricultural land within the county of Dorset have been diverted to other purposes during the last five years; to what extent his Department has been consulted on this issue; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Strang

Approximately 6,000 acres excluding common rough grazings.

In general, consultations take place between local planning authorities and my Department over proposals to develop 10 or more acres of agricultural land.