§ 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.