§ Mr. Gordon Prentice
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what was the size of the green belt in(a) 1979, (b) 1983, (c) 1987, (d) 1992 and (e) at the current date. 
§ Sir Paul Beresford
We do not keep records of the size of the green belt on an annual basis. Figures are available for England for 1979, 1989 and 1993. In 1979, there were 7,125 sq km of green belt land. This more than doubled in 1989 to 15,485 sq km and reached 15,557 sq km in 1993.