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Set-aside Schemes

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 3 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the likely effects of the abolition of set-aside on farmland bird numbers. (252599)

[holding answer 29 January 2009]: An assessment of the likely effects of the abolition of set-aside on farmland bird numbers formed a key part of the work commissioned by Sir Don Curry's High Level Group on set-aside, the final report of which was published on 22 July 2008. A copy can be found on the DEFRA website at:

www.defra.gov.uk/farm/policy/sustain/deliverygroup/index.htm.