HC Deb 07 March 1986 vol 93 cc285-6W
Mr. Maclennan

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment how much the Nature Conservancy Council and the Countryside Commission have spent in cash and real terms on land management agreement payments to farmers for each year since 1980.

Mrs. Rumbold

The Nature Conservancy Council has paid the following amounts under management agreements with owners and occupiers of sites of special scientific interest:

Amounts paid £ Expressed in 1980–81 prices £
1980–81 *39,018 39,018
1981–82 *60,550 54,994
1982–83 243,000 206,207
1983–84 361,000 293,238
1984–85 1,145,000 889,929
* Amounts paid under nature reserve agreements are not readily available for these years and are excluded. Such amounts are usually small but one payment in 1981–82 under a nature reserve agreement amounted to £278,734.

It is not possible to identify separately payments made to farmers. The Countryside Commission does not make payments direct to farmers under management agreements.