§ 64. Sir Hector Monro
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what proposals the European Commission is investigating as ways of encouraging fanning practices which conserve the environment.
§ Mrs. Fenner
The Commission has undertaken to operate a common framework for encouraging the conservation of the rural environment and the protection of specific sites and to forward the relevant proposals to the Council. We anticipate that these will include direct support for farmers who maintain or introduce agricultural practices compatible with the protection of the environment and the integration of the objectives into environmental policy. A Community financial contribution towards such arrangements may be proposed. No formal proposals are as yet on the table.