HC Deb 20 December 1983 vol 51 c170W
Dr. Cunningham

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what research studies his Department has initiated on the environmental impact of the common agricultural policy.

Mr. Patrick Jenkin

The Department is commissioning a project on the monitoring of landscape change, and the information assembled in the course of this will provide a better basis for judging the impact of agriculture on the countryside.

I share the concern that has been expressed that valuable habitats and landscape features are put at risk by the artificially stimulated demand for arable crops.