§ Mr. Caplin
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what action he proposes to prevent European agricultural subsidies being paid for the growing of fibre flax on land of environmental importance. 153W
§ Mr. Rooker
The Government consider that fibre flax is a useful, and relatively environment-friendly alternative crop. A number of changes have recently been made to flax regime, which should ensure flax is grown on suitable land, appropriately cultivated and for a definite end use. However, in view of the recent concern, we are looking at a range of options specifically to address the problem of its cultivation on valuable wildlife sites.