Agricultural Land (Development)

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 13th December 1972.

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Photo of Sir John Gilmour Sir John Gilmour , Fife East 12:00 am, 13th December 1972

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what amount of land in Scotland has gone out of agricultural use for development in each of the last five years.

Photo of Mr Alick Buchanan-Smith Mr Alick Buchanan-Smith , North Angus and Mearns

The amounts of agricultural land taken for urban and industrial development for the individual years from June 1967 to June 1972 were respectively 5,250, 6,108, 4,280, 3,827 and 3,447 acres.

Photo of Sir John Gilmour Sir John Gilmour , Fife East

Does not this considerable loss of agricultural land show that there is a need to stimulate land reclamation in Scotland?

Photo of Mr Alick Buchanan-Smith Mr Alick Buchanan-Smith , North Angus and Mearns

Indeed it does. I think that the Government, in their policies on reclaiming derelict land in particular, have demonstrated their realisation of this need.