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Countryside Stewardship Scheme

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 16th May 2002.

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Photo of Malcolm Bruce Malcolm Bruce Liberal Democrat, Gordon

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many farmers in the United Kingdom have participated in the Countryside Stewardship scheme in each year since it started.

Photo of Elliot Morley Elliot Morley Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The number of applicants who have joined the Countryside Stewardship scheme in each year since the scheme started in 1991 are as follows:

Number of new agreements
1991–95(13) 5,027
1996 1,117
1997 1,195
1998 1,275
1999 1,168
2000 2,205
2001(14) 2,360
Total number of agreements(15) 14,347

(13) Annual figures for the period 1991–95, when the scheme was operated by the Countryside Commission are not available.

(14) Estimate.

(15) Farmers may hold more than one agreement.

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