HC Deb 08 May 1986 vol 97 c237W
28. Sir Hector Monro

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if there have been any recent developments in the area of environmental protection for which he is responsible; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Jopling

Environmental objectives are now fully integrated into the policy areas for which I am responsible. To underline my commitment, the Agriculture Bill currently before Parliament contains a clause which will place upon me and my successors a statutory duty to endeavour to achieve a reasonable balance between the inter-related needs of the countryside; agriculture, conservation, socio-economic interests and recreation.