§ Mr. Dalyell
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what assessment he has made of the impact of payment ceilings on the take up of environmental grants in ESAs. 
§ Mr. Macdonald
We have monitored the impact of payment ceilings carefully since the inception of the Environmentally Sensitive Areas Scheme. There is no evidence that the maximum amounts which apply to payments under the Scheme have had a restrictive effect on uptake.