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Agri-Environmental Schemes

Volume 404: debated on Tuesday 29 April 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what payment levels are made under the (a) countryside stewardship schemes and (b) environmentally sensitive areas in respect of (i) repair of stone walls (per metre), (ii) hedging (per metre), (iii) mending and replacing of

ItemCSS (national rates]West Penwith ESA
Repair of stone walls (per metre)£12 with supplements of between £4–£8 available depending on stone type£12 or 80% of actual costs
Heading(per metre)£3 plus supplements of £ 1Not applicable
Cornish hedges (per metre)£25 with additional supplements of £4 available for stone type and difficult sitesRebuilding £25 and £4 supplement for brought in stone. New hedges £32 or 80% of actual costs
Maintaining grazing(per hectare)£85 for grazed pastures plus 30 supplement for fields > 3ha£85 plus 7 supplement for field margins
protection measures for flora (per hectare)A range of options, not specifically limited to this purposeReversion to rough land; and other measures 80% of actual costs.
Protection measures for fauna (per hectare)A range of options, not specifically limited to this purpose, e.g. £270 for conservation headlandsWinter stubbles £170; other measures 80% of actual costs
Repair of stiles£20–£50 depending on type.Timber stile £30; ladder stile £40; step-over 20; step-through. £30
other payments.Special projects, usually at 50% of cost and scrub clearance at up to £500 per ha. Public access £150 / farm + £35/haOther payments include protection of historic features 80%; renovation of traditional farm buildings 80%; scrub management from £100–£500; public access £17Q/ha

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans her Department has to make payments to farmers under (a) countryside stewardship, (b) environmentally sensitive and (c) other agri-environmental schemes. [108765]

Payments to agreement holders under agri-environment schemes are paid on an annual basis. Payments for the year ending 31 March 2003 for the schemes are as follows:

£ million
Environmentally Sensitive Areas53.1
Countryside Stewardship49.0
Arable Stewardship1.4
Organic Farming scheme12.6
Closed schemes (moorland and habitat schemes)2.1
Published expenditure plans for these schemes show that the total budget is placed to rise each year, reading £197 million in 2006–07.