§ Mr. Andrew F. Bennett
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what steps are taken in calculating set-aside payments to take into account public footpaths along the side of or across a field; and by how much a payment varies, between a field of given acreage with a footpath and a similar field without a footpath.
§ Mr. Curry
Areas of fields not cropped because of farm tracks, pylons, footpaths or broad margins amounting to more than 0.1 of a hectare are not eligible for set-aside payments. Taking the example described, a field without footpaths would contain a slightly higher proportion of land eligible for set-aside and would therefore receive a slightly higher payment than a field of similar size with footpaths amounting to more than 0.1 of a hectare.