§ Baroness Byford
asked Her Majesty's Government:
In relation to Strategy for Sustainable Farming and Food, whether the promised research on the potential for further reducing agricultural emissions has begun; and, if so, what is the planned timetable.
§ The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Lord Whitty)
For over 10 years the Government have had a programme of research to quantify agriculture's contribution to UK greenhouse gas emissions and develop cost-effective measures of control. The programme is reviewed regularly to ensure focus and build on the results of completed research. The most recent review was completed during 2002, and is published on the Defra website along with the results of completed individual projects. In 2003–04 the programme is expected to cost around £400,000.