HC Deb 06 December 1978 vol 959 cc715-6W
Mr. Welsh

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what studies he has instituted into land use in Scotland; what land utilisation surveys have been organised in Scotland; and what further legislation he is sponsoring on the subject.

Mr. Hugh D. Brown:

Over the last 30 years a number of land utilisation surveys have been carried out by my Department and other agencies. The most recent development is that I have asked the Macaulay Institute of Soil Research, which is financed by grant from the Department, to amplify its existing land use capability mapping surveys of the Lowlands of Scotland and extend their published surveys to cover the basic soil and vegetation and the agricultural and forestry capabilities of the hill lands and uplands. There are no plans at present for legislation dealing specifically with rural land use.

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