§ Mr. Foulkes
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what was the average price of prime agricultural land in each region of Scotland at the latest available date and at the same date in each of the last five years.
§ Mr. John MacKay
The table shows the average prices of all agricultural land and of cropping land in Scotland for the last five years for vacant and non-vacant possession. Figures broken down by region or land quality are not available. Cropping land, however, is likely to contain a fair proportion of prime agricultural land.
Vacant Possession Non-vacant Possession £ per hectare All land Cropping All land Cropping 1978 1,085 3,078 669 1,398 1979 2,055 3,566 1,148 2,105 1980 1,845 3,139 1,534 2,609 1981 1,840 2,341 1,204 2,431 1982 1,798 2,798 1,265 2,170
Note: The figures for the latest two years are subject to revision as further information becomes available.