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Stubble Burning

Volume 175: debated on Monday 2 July 1990

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To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food when he expects to be able to make an announcement on the criteria for temporary exemptions from the proposed ban under the Environmental Protection Bill's provisions on stubble burning.

Decisions on the need for an extent of any temporary exemptions can only be taken once the ban is in place and in the light of circumstances affecting particular crops in particular areas and particular weather conditions. I expect such exemptions to be strictly limited to exceptional circumstances.