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Farmers (Compensation)

Volume 172: debated on Thursday 17 May 1990

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53.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what plans he has to review the arrangements governing the compensation paid to farmers for the compulsory purchase of land and buildings.

Compensation for all types of interests in compulsorily purchased land and buildings is based on their market value. Those affected are also reimbursed their costs arising from the compulsory purchase. In addition farmers may be entitled to farm loss payments to help them start farming on unfamiliar land. These arrangements are all under review. Our consultation paper on land compensation and compulsory purchase legislation, issued in March 1989, contained proposals for improvements, including proposals relating to farm loss payments. We plan to introduce legislation on these proposals when the parliamentary timetable permits.