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Rural Areas: Environment Protection

Volume 459: debated on Thursday 3 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many agreements have been made under the (a) Countryside Stewardship, (b) Entry Level and (c) Environmentally Sensitive Areas schemes, broken down by year of expiry. (134076)

The following table shows numbers of agreements currently recorded broken down by the year of expiry expected at the time the agreement was entered into under the three agri-environment schemes in question.

Agreements by year of expected expiry under each scheme

Number

CSS

ESA

ELS

1993

4

0

0

1994

5

0

0

1995

14

0

0

1996

10

0

0

1997

21

0

0

1998

70

0

0

1999

122

0

0

2000

164

0

0

2001

990

0

0

2002

1,395

2,253

0

2003

1,192

2,822

0

2004

991

2,315

0

2005

573

1,691

0

2006

1,083

991

0

2007

1,120

889

0

2008

1,292

802

0

2009

1,196

579

0

2010

2,210

483

11,871

2011

2,506

594

12,801

2012

2,885

2,383

2,820

2013

2,772

2,412

0

2014

1,657

1,639

0

2015

0

2

0

Notes:

1. A small number of agreements do not run for the full duration as they are terminated early.

2. The full duration is 10 years for Countryside Stewardship Scheme (CSS) and Environmentally Sensitive Areas (ESA) and five years for the Entry Level Stewardship Scheme (ELS).

3. As the ELS scheme is open to new applications, the figures for ELS are a snapshot showing current live agreements, and accordingly this figure will be subject to future variation.