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Agricultural Production

Volume 978: debated on Thursday 14 February 1980

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food whether it is Government policy to increase yields for crops in surplus in the European Community; and, if so, what measures the Government take to ensure that this increase is not at the expense of wildlife and wildlife habitats.

The Government provide certain grants to help increase efficiency in a number of branches of British agriculture. The rates of these reflect Government priorities. In every case consideration is given to the desirability of conserving the natural beauty and amenity of the countryside.