To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (1) what plans there are to renegotiate the EC agri-environment package; and if he will make a statement;(2) what monitoring and targets for monitoring will be set by
(a) the EC and (b) the United Kingdom for schemes operating under the agri-environment package; and if he will make a statement.
The Government's proposals for implementing the EC Agri-Environment Regulation (2078/92) were issued for public consultation on 26 March and we have no plans to seek a renegotiation of the regulation. Monitoring of schemes operating under the regulation is the responsibility of individual member states and we will determine our monitoring arrangements when individual schemes are finalised after the public consultation period.
The information requested is not readily available.However, to give an indication of the distribution of sales through auction markets the table provides the total number (rather than value) of cattle, sheep, pigs and calves sold through livestock auctions in England by county.