HC Deb 06 May 1993 vol 224 cc212-3W
Mr. Martlew

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much will be spent or has been spent in each year from 1990–91 to 1995–98 on(a) stage 1 ESAs, (b) stage 2 ESAs, (c) stage 3 ESAs and (d) stage 4 ESAs, identifying how much of the total is allocated for the public access payments; what is the amount to be spent on (i) nitrate-sensitive areas, (ii) the moorland scheme, (iii) the habitat improvement scheme, (iv) set-aside management identifying how much of the total will be for public access payments and (v) organic farming in Scotland; and if he will make a statement.

Sir Hector Monro

[holding answer 5 May 1993]: There is a single budget for ESAs in Scotland. Expenditure was approximately £1 million in 1990–91, £1.1 million in 1991–92 and £1.1 million in 1992–93. Planned expenditure is £5.3 million in 1993–94, £7.7 million in 1994–95 and £7.9 million in 1995–96. There is no nitrate-sensitive areas scheme. Consideration of the need for any agri-chemicals measures awaits the results of water quality surveys expected to be completed at the end of this year. My Department has issued for consultation proposals for schemes on heather moorland extensification, habitat creation, the management of set-aside land, and organic farming. Planned expenditure on these proposed measures is £3 million in 1994–95, and £5.8 million in 1995–96. The allocation between the schemes will be decided in the light of the consultation process.

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