§ Mr McAllion
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland whether the Government will initiate a comprehensive review of public support for land uses such as agriculture and forestry in Scotland, and their effects on wildlife and the countryside, with a view to reducing conflict between conservation and these land uses.
§ Lord James Douglas-Hamilton
The Secretary of State in exercising his functions in relation to agriculture and forestry has a duty to take environmental considerations into account. The Government keep under review their various measures of support for agriculture and forestry and these are increasingly directed at conservation or enhancement of the environment.