§ Mr. Ron Davies
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what arrangements have been made in accordance with the requirements of section 18(8) of the Agriculture Act 1986 to monitor the effect on wildlife and the landscape of agreements concluded with the farmers in the environmentally sensitive areas already operative in England; whether he will make details of these arrangements available in the Library; and whether he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Gummer
A programme has been established to monitor the environmental effects of designation in all environmentally sensitive areas in England. Monitoring will be based on surveys of land use, landscape, ecology, and farming practice in each area. I expect to publish a first report, as required by section 18(8) of the Agriculture Act 1986, before the end of the summer. This report will include the information requested.