HC Deb 22 March 1983 vol 39 c389W
Mr. Wigley

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will publish in the Official Report such estimates as are available of the size of agricultural holdings, in terms of hectares, which are regarded as being of minimum size in each of the countries of the European Community, to provide viable full-time employment for one person.

Mr. Buchanan-Smith

Information about numbers of agricultural holdings in the countries of the Community analysed according to utilised agricultural area is contained in pages 290–291 of the 1982 report "The Agricultural Situation in the Community" published by the Commission: a copy is in the Library of the House. There is no reliable basis available on which to estimate which holdings can provide viable full-time employment for one person.

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