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Peak District National Park Authority

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs – in the House of Commons at 11:30 am on 11th March 2004.

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Photo of Nicholas Winterton Nicholas Winterton Conservative, Macclesfield 11:30 am, 11th March 2004

As the Minister knows, part of my constituency lies within the Peak park. Following up the highly relevant question from my hon. Friend Mr. McLoughlin, are livestock farmers being properly represented within the Peak park authority, and will the Minister take seriously the issues raised by my farmers in the Peak park in the light of the recent Government announcement? In their view—a view shared by their representatives and by me—farming in the severely disadvantaged marginal and hill areas will come to an end. That would be a disaster for farming and for our economy.