[John Cummings in the Chair] — Agriculture (South-West)

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 10:16 am on 20th January 2009.

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Photo of James Paice James Paice Shadow Minister (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) 10:16 am, 20th January 2009

The hon. Gentleman is statistically correct to say that there are more agricultural smallholdings, but there is a direct relationship to the fact that after the mid-term review, the Government started allowing pony paddocks and other enterprises to be registered as agricultural holdings in order to claim very small sums of money. I do not think that the number represents any more serious farmers.