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Soil Health - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 2:38 pm on 8th July 2019.

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Photo of Lord Carrington Lord Carrington Crossbench 2:38 pm, 8th July 2019

My Lords, I declare my interests as a farmer, as set out in the register. As the Minister knows, soil is in private ownership unless the land is publicly owned. Accordingly, the Government need to make protection of the soil a public benefit under the Agriculture Bill for their policies to be successful. That entails management and measurement of the actions introduced to improve the soil and the land concerned. As with the technical solutions on the Northern Irish border, farmers are not aware of any tested measurement tools that would achieve this.