HC Deb 11 July 1994 vol 246 c375W
37. Mr. Flynn

To ask the right hon. Member for Selby, representing the Church Commissioners, what changes have occurred in rents received in the past five years for church lands.

Mr. Alison

Gross agricultural rents per acre increased from £57.75 in 1989 to £62.62 in 1993, a rise of 8.43 per cent. against a retail prices index increase of 27.84 per cent. Over this period, the Commissioners' agricultural portfolio was reduced by 14,924 acres, producing net sales proceeds of £76.6 million.