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Acres outlawed by Brussels

July 21st, 2008
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Rolling acres are outlawed by Brussels (The Daily Telegraph, 21 July 2008, p1)
The acre, one of Britain’s historic imperial measurements, is to be banned under a new European directive.  It will no longer be allowed in measurements when land is being registered and will be replaced by the hectare – 2.471 acres.

Acreshaker – EU meddlers sneak in a ban on our historic land measure (The Sun, 21 July 2008, p6 and p8)
EU chiefs have secretly BANNED Britain from using the acre – one of our oldest forms of measurement. Ministers killed it off when they put up no objection to a European Commission directive outlawing its use…… British farmers and estate agents will have to use the word “hectare” from January 1, 2010.

Now the EU is to ban the acre (Daily Express, 21 July 2008, p10 and p12)
The acre is set to be banned after the EU announced that Labour has agreed to the abolition of yet another part of the British way of life. The Government’s surrender – buried in the small print of an EU document last week – would also make it more likely that rules will be removed from road signs in favour of the kilometre.

After 800 years, the acre is history (Daily Mail, 22 July 2008, p17)
The use of an ancient British imperial measurement – the acre – is to be restricted under a new EU ruling.  It will no longer be allowed for land registration from 2010 and will be replaced by the metric equivalent, the hectare.

 Brussels, stay off our little patch of land (The Times, 22 July 2008, p24)
…. Brussels now insists that the acre is one anachronism too far.  From 2010, the word must no longer be mentioned.  From 2010, the word must no longer be mentioned.

Contrary to the “acres” of press coverage, the EU has not banned this unit of measurement.
Legislation being brought in to safeguard the use of the mile and the pint simply removes the exemption for the use of acres in land registry to reflect current UK practice.

The Land Registry has worked in hectares since 1995.

Hectares have also routinely been used for the past 20 years by the UK government in dealings with farmers.
Private landowners advertising the size of their land can continue to do so but must give the equivalent in hectares, as has been the case for more than a decade.

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