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Hill Farming

Mr. Welsh: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what acreage has been put into regeneration of the natural habitat in hill farming; and if he will evaluate the affect this will have on hill farm incomes.

Mr. Gwilym Jones: The environmentally sensitive areas scheme includes provisions for annual payments to farmers for the regeneration of heather moorland and other upland habitats. Some 22, 000 acres of land are being managed under those tiers of the scheme in Wales. Other schemes also provide assistance to hill farmers for habitat enhancement but it is not possible to quantify the area of land benefiting from those schemes. It is not possible to isolate the effect which any of these measures will have on hill farm incomes.

Farm Incomes

Mr. Welsh: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what percentage of total farm incomes is represented by (a) hill livestock compensatory allowance payments and

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(b) sheep annual premiums; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Gwilym Jones: The information for 1992 93 is as follows:

                                       |Percentage of net                  

                                       |farm income                        

                                       |Hill and upland                    

                                       |(LFA) livestock                    

Type of subsidy                        |farms                              


Hill livestock compensatory allowances |35.8                               

Sheep annual premium                   |89.7                               

Estimates of farm incomes for 1993 94 and forecasts for 1994 95, together with details of subsidies, are due to be published as part of the autumn hill review on29 November.


Mr. Sweeney: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales when he intends to publish the Cadw: Welsh Historic Monuments agency annual report for 1993 94.

Mr. Gwilym Jones: The report which was laid in draft before the House on 1 November has been published today.

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