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New Forest

Volume 405: debated on Tuesday 20 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the impact of proposals in the mid-term review in respect of commoning in the New Forest; and if she will make a statement. [112208]

The impact of the CAP reform proposals on commoning will be complex and depend in large part on the detail of their implementation. This is particularly true of the proposal to decouple agricultural support from production. Our objective will be to create a workable system which allows existing commoning systems to continue.