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Environmentally Sensitive Areas

Volume 176: debated on Wednesday 11 July 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what percentage of agricultural land has been designated as environmentally sensitive in Wales; what percentage of land in the environmentally sensitive areas is farmed under this scheme; and if he will make a statement.

The designated areas of the Lleyn peninsula and Cambrian mountains ESAs between them represent just over 11 per cent. of the total agricultural land in Wales. The Lleyn peninsula ESA covers 39,700 ha, 40 per cent. of which has been entered into the scheme. The Cambrian mountains ESA covers a total area of 153,000 ha, within which 79,900 ha will be eligible for management agreements. Twenty-eight per cent. of this eligible land has been entered into the scheme. Further applications are being processed.