HC Deb 14 June 1994 vol 244 c444W
Dr. Strang

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what was the total cost for England in(a) 1991, (b) 1992 and (c) 1993 and what is her estimate for 1994 of (i) the sheep annual premium, (ii) the suckler cow premium and (iii) the beef special premium; what estimates her Department has made of the environmental damage caused in England through over-grazing by livestock for which each of those premia are being paid; what estimates her Department has made of environmental damage other than over-grazing being caused in England on farm land grazed by livestock for which the above premia are being paid; and if she will make a statement.

Mrs. Gillian Shephard

Expenditure in England on the three schemes is shown in the table. I have no figures for the value of any environmental damage attributable to these schemes.

requirements on maintenance of a green cover to minimise nitrate leaching and restrictions on the use of fertilisers and pesticides.