§ Mr. Alex Carlile
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what plans she has to introduce legislation regarding common land and overgrazing; and if she will make a statement.
§ Mr. Jack
As regards legislation concerning common land, I refer the hon. Member to the reply given to the hon. Member for Dartford (Mr. Dunn) on 8 June at col.291.
Environmentally damaging overgrazing on common land and elsewhere is being tackled under legislation covering hill livestock compensatory allowances (HLCAs) and the environmentally sensitive areas scheme. We plan to adjust other livestock premiums to complement the action already being taken on HLCAs. In addition, we have carried out consultations on a new moorland scheme which will also contribute to reducing overgrazing.