§ Mr. Llew Smith
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what support his Department is giving to farmers in Wales to develop environmentally safe waste management policies.
§ Mr. Gwilym Jones
It is a special priority of the farm and conservation grant scheme to help farmers install and improve waste handling facilities so as to meet their obligations to minimise pollution risks. Under this scheme, grant is available at the rate of 25 per cent. of eligible expenditure. Since the beginning of the scheme in 1989, over £18.5 million has been paid to fanners in Wales toward such facilities.