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Boxworth Experimental Husbandry Farm

Volume 131: debated on Wednesday 13 April 1988

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To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food when the research project into the effects of intensive farming methods on wildlife at Boxworth experimental husbandry farm will be terminated; what the reasons for the termination are; whether he will publish the findings of the project; and if he will make a statement.

There is no question of any premature termination of the Boxworth project. The five years of field work originally planned are scheduled to end with the 1988 harvest, but certain extensions have been agreed to enable further information to be obtained before final results are published. In the light of the interim reports, which have been published annually throughout the life of the project, we are already considering future research needs in this area and are in the process of inviting comments from interested organisations.