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Environmentally Sensitive Areas

Volume 264: debated on Tuesday 24 October 1995

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To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what subsidies were paid out for environmentally sensitive areas in (a) 1992–93, (b) 1993–94, (c) 1994–95 and (d) 1995–96; and how many individuals were recipients of these payments in these years. [37125]

The total payments made under the environmentally sensitive areas scheme and the number of participants for the years requested are set out in the table.

Amount paid £ thousandsNumber of participants
1992–931,086802
1993–94963583
1994–951,044717
1995–96 (to 31 August)781847

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what area in hectares and percentage terms of environmentally sensitive areas in Scotland is made up of productive, or potentially productive, agricultural land. [37124]

The information is set out in the table.

Estimated hectares of agricultural land in each designated areaEstimated percentage of total area designated
Breadalbane140,00078
Loch Lomond36,90075
Stewartry48,50082
Central Borders (formerly Whitlaw and Eildon)28,80081
Machair of the Uists and Benbecula, Barra and Vatersay12,00079
Central Southern Uplands220,30081
Western Southern Uplands131,00052
Cairngorms Straths148,70068
Argyll Islands177,40084
Shetland Islands144,90099
Total1,088,50076