HC Deb 10 November 1982 vol 31 cc165-6W
Mr. Geraint Howells

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many tenant farmers there are in Scotland; and what were the corresponding figures for the past 10 years.

Mr. John MacKay

While information on the number of farmers by type of tenure is not available, the number of agricultural holdings tenanted or mainly tenanted is set out in the following table. The information available for earlier years is not fully comparable.

Year (June census) Tenanted or mainly tenanted holdings (000's)
1973 14.9
1974 14.8
1975 14.7
1976 14.8
1977 14.9
1978 14.7
1979 14.4
1980 14.3
1981 13.9


The figures do not include 11,000 tenanted very small holdings, the great majority of which are crofts.