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Environmentally Sensitive Areas

Volume 175: debated on Monday 2 July 1990

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To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what was the total amount paid to farmers under the environmentally sensitive areas scheme in each of the designated areas; what is his estimate of the total savings in common agricultural policy expenditure arising from the scheme in each area; and what was the total amount received from the EEC to offset the payments made.

The costs of the annual payments made to farmers who signed ESA agreements up to 31 March 1990 are shown for the 10 English ESAs in the table. The EC reimbursed £0·762 million towards ESA payments made during the calendar year ending 31 December 1989. The economic studies which will throw light on any savings made under the CAP are not yet complete.

Annual cost of ESA agreements signed up to 31 March 1990
ESA£ million
Pennine Dales0·957
Somerset Levels and Moors0·826


£ million

South Downs0·580
West Penwith0·351
North Peak0·729
Shropshire Borders0·585
Suffolk River Valleys0·902
Test Valley0·026