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Environmentally Sensitive Areas

Volume 87: debated on Monday 18 November 1985

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how many environmentally sensitive areas he has plans to recognise under the Agriculture Bill.

[pursuant to her reply, 15 November 1985, c. 313]: Subject to parliamentary approval of the necessary legislation the Government foresee an initial designation of five of six areas in the United Kingdom.

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if existing grants and incentives which support farming and forestry operations will continue to be available in the environmentally sensitive areas which he plans to recognise under the Agriculture Bill.

[pursuant to her reply, 15 November 1985, c. 313]: In conformity with the Government's voluntary approach, we do not envisage a general ban on grants or subsidies in ESAs. But in considering individual cases we shall of course exercise our responsibilities under section 11 of the Countryside Act 1968 in a manner consistent with the objectives of designation.