HC Deb 16 May 1985 vol 79 cc204-5W
37. Mr. Alton

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how many proposed agricultural development plans have been refused by his Department on environmental grounds for each year over the last five years.

Mrs. Fenner

I regret that this information is not available. If a proposed development plan contains environmentally damaging proposals my officials would normally first seek to remove or modify the potentially damaging elements in consultation with the farmer and the statutory conservation bodies where appropriate.