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Environmental Payments

Volume 173: debated on Thursday 24 May 1990

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To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food whether his Department has given any consideration to supporting the inclusion of environmental payments within the hill livestock compensatory allowance scheme.

My right hon. Friend the Minister announced in the House on 30 January at column 160 that, following changes in the European Community regulation, we would see whether the significant contribution that hill livestock compensatory allowances already provide in terms of environmental benefits should be made more specific. This work is proceeding.