HC Deb 22 December 1976 vol 923 cc179-80W
Mr. Craig

asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he has anything to add to the written reply on Short Bros. and Harland Ltd. which he gave on 22nd November 1976.

Mr. Mason

Yes. I refer to the capital structure of the company as revised in August 1976. Provision was then made for an increase in the authorised share capital to £19.31 million, of which £15.31 million represented issued share but I regret that the information is not available in these precise terms. The following are estimates of land transferred out of agricultural use, including land to be used for afforestation. The information is taken from the agricultural census and is in the form of annual averages for five year periods:—

Thousand Acres
1955–56 to 1959–60 55.0
1965–66 to 1969–70 60.8
1969–70 to 1973–74* 75.6
*the most recent period available