Acreage figures are available for certain classes of land in the United Kingdom owned by the State and local authorities, but they are not in a form or sufficiently comprehensive to provide the information required. I am aware of the inadequecy of the information about land at present available and the Natural Resources Advisory Committee under the chairmanship of Sir Dudley Stamp is now considering questions of the survey and statistics of land use.
Is it not remarkable that no figures or statistics have been collated of the land owned by the State or the local authorities? Is my right hon. Friend aware that we have had successive Tory Governments for 12 or 13 years and that they have never thought it desirable to collate these statistics?
In view of the somewhat scathing comments that have been made, will the right hon. Gentleman say to what function he proposes to put these statistics when he has them, since every Department and local authority knows its ownership? What value will there be in this collation?