Is not the Minister disturbed at the answer and the trend it conveys, in view of the ever-increasing world population and the likelihood of an ever-decreasing supply of food in relation to that population? What steps does he propose to take to safeguard Scotland's future?
No, I am not disturbed. If the hon. Gentleman will look at the figures more closely he will see that the biggest change that has taken place is the transfer from temporary grass to permanent grass. That represents the biggest loss in acres under cultivation. I take his point, but over the last 10 years we have seen much more intensive agriculture and increasing output.