Future of Farming: Somerset

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 7:00 pm on 18th March 2020.

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Photo of Kerry McCarthy Kerry McCarthy Labour, Bristol East 7:00 pm, 18th March 2020

I have read that Somerset County Council has sold off nearly two thirds of its agricultural land in the past decade. The Agriculture Bill Committee is looking at how we can better support county farms, which the Government have promised to do in the past. Does the hon. Gentleman think it is a real shame that the council no longer owns those farms, which often provided an entry to farming for people who could not afford to buy huge swathes of land themselves?