HC Deb 20 June 1996 vol 279 c615W
11. Mr. Thomason

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what programmes the Government have introduced to promote good environmental management by farmers; and what similar programmes were in existence in 1979. [32372]

Mr. Boswell

The Government's agri-environment programme provides a wide range of voluntary incentive schemes to encourage environmentally beneficial farming practices. There was no such programme in 1979.