§ Mr. Spellar
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what acreage has been put into regeneration of the natural habitat in hill farming.
§ Mr. Ancram
By June 1994 about 220,000 hectares of hill land had been designated under the environmentally sensitive areas scheme. To date, 30,000 hectares of this area have been entered into agreements under which farmers agree to pursue farming practices which aim to protect and enhance the natural environment of their farms.