HC Deb 18 July 1984 vol 64 c264W
Mr. Skeet

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food whether it is proposed that valuable sources of minerals should be worked from below grade I and II agricultural land.

Mrs. Fenner

I can assure my hon. Friend that there has been no change in the long-standing Government policy for the protection of agricultural land which seeks to ensure that land of a higher quality is not taken for development where land of a lower quality is available.