§ Mr. Kenneth Carlisle
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food whether farmers in the Broads, who are at present receiving payments under the Broads grazing marshes scheme, will be able to enter into management agreements under the environmentally sensitive areas scheme in the current year.
§ Mr. Donald Thompson
Participants in the Broads grazing marshes scheme may now enter an environmentally sensitive area agreement on any land which they chose not to put into the grazing marshes scheme. All land which they have put into that scheme will become eligible for environmentally sensitive area agreements next year. The grazing marshes scheme is a three-year experiment which is being closely monitored and assessed. To allow farmers to transfer land from that scheme before its completion would be to undermine the value of the experiment and its lessons for future Government policy.