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EU Set-aside Scheme

Volume 465: debated on Thursday 25 October 2007

17. To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the effects of terminating the EU scheme for set aside. (160586)

We have already announced the actions we are taking, with the stakeholders concerned, in response to the EU decision to introduce a 0 per cent. set-aside rate for 2008, including careful monitoring to see what the environmental impact is. These will also help inform the options for retaining environmental benefits if set-aside is abolished as part of the CAP Healthcheck.