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Soil Survey

Volume 78: debated on Friday 10 May 1985

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what recent representations he has received with regard to the continuation of the soil survey of England and Wales; and if he will make a statement.

In response to recent representations we have confirmed that the funding of the soil survey is unchanged for the current year and will be set at around half the present level in 1986–87. We believe that the wide range of interests which make use of the expertise of the survey offers scope for it to operate more commercially in the future.