§ 58. Mrs. Gillian Shephard
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how fanning practices have changed in areas of the United Kingdom covered by ESA's since the scheme's inception.
§ Mr. Ryder
Farmers participating in ESAs agree to use farming practices which conserve the environmental features of the area. It is too early to make a full assessment of the effects of the scheme but I expect to publish a report shortly which will explain how the scheme is intended to affect farming practices in each area and indicate progress made so far.