§ Mr. Strang
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what was the average price per hectare of average quality arable agricultural land in Scotland on the latest available date; and what was the comparable price in the previous year.
§ Lord James Douglas-Hamilton
Agricultural land price statistics do not differentiate between land qualities or distinguish arable land from other types of agricultural land. The average prices of farms sold with vacant possession and remaining in agriculture during 1987 and 1988, the latest years for which complete records are available, were as follows:
1987 (£ per hectare) 1988 (£ per hectare) All farms 848 758 Lowground farms 1,130 994