§ 72. Mr. Charles Wardle
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what progress has been made with respect to environmentally sensitive areas.
§ Mr. Gummer
The first five environmentally sensitive areas in England were successfully launched on 1 March. We intend to invite applications in five new areas from 1 January 1988 and to expand the existing South Downs area. In the United Kingdom as a whole, eight areas have been designated and a further 11 are planned.