§ 35. Mr. Summerson
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what efforts he is making to reduce pollution risks from silage.
§ Mr. Curry
The Agricultural Development and Advisory Service provides free initial advice to farmers on ways to minimise pollution from silage; grants of 50 per cent. are available under the farm and conservation grant scheme for the construction and improvement of silage effluent facilities; and the Government are at present consulting on regulations that would set minimum construction standards for new and substantially reconstructed silage installations and which would provide a power to the National Rivers Authority to require improvements to existing installations; and the Government will shortly be introducing regulations setting minimum standards for new silage installations.