HC Deb 19 January 1989 vol 145 c316W
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.

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