§ 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.