§ Mr. Illsley
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what provisions are in place in the Department of Agriculture to(a) control and (b) restrict over-intensive farming in Northern Ireland with particular reference to the use of fertilisers and pesticides. 
§ Mr. Ancram
[holding answer 22 April 1996]: The control of pesticides and fertilisers is subject to statutory provisions which apply uniformly throughout the UK.
Provisions exists under five environmentally sensitive areas schemes and the habitat improvement scheme to restrict over-intensive use of fertilisers and pesticides. These schemes form part of the Northern Ireland agri-environment programme.