Farms: Norfolk

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 1st February 2008.

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Photo of Ian Gibson Ian Gibson Labour, Norwich North

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many farms closed in Norfolk in each of the last five years.

Photo of Jonathan R Shaw Jonathan R Shaw Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Marine, Landscape and Rural Affairs) and Minister for the South East), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Information on the number of holdings is collected in the annual June Survey of Agriculture and Horticulture. Information is not collated on the number of holdings closing. The following figures show the number of registered holdings at June each year. These figures show net change only and therefore include gains as well as losses.

Total holdings in Norfolk
2002 6,511
2003 6,589
2004 6,751
2005 6,783
2006 6,658

1 Estimates are based on a sample survey and are therefore subject to a degree of sampling error.

2. Register improvement exercises, animal health requirements and the introduction of the Single Payment Scheme in 2005 have led to an increase in the number of holdings registered.

3. While in the majority of cases a farm holding equates to a farm business some farm businesses are made up of more than one holding.

4. Changes can occur in the ownership and status of the holding which may not necessarily be reflected in the above figures.

5. Information on the de-registration of VAT registered holdings is available from the Office for National Statistics.


June Survey of Agriculture

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