Agriculture: Subsidies

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 4th September 2018.

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Photo of Sandy Martin Sandy Martin Labour, Ipswich

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans he has to incorporate incentives to improve the accessibility and upkeep of public rights of way in any future scheme of agricultural payments.

Photo of Sandy Martin Sandy Martin Labour, Ipswich

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans he has to incorporate incentives to enhance and maintain wildlife habitat in any future scheme of agricultural payments.

Photo of Sandy Martin Sandy Martin Labour, Ipswich

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he has plans to incorporate incentives to enhance and maintain (a) heritage buildings, (b) monuments, (c) structures and (d) landscape features in any future scheme of agricultural payments.

Photo of George Eustice George Eustice The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The new environmental land management scheme, underpinned by natural capital principles, will contribute to delivering many of the key outcomes set out in the 25 Year Environment Plan and the Clean Growth Strategy.

As the cornerstone of future agriculture policy the new environmental land management scheme will pay public money for the provision of public goods. As set out in our consultation document Health and Harmony, the public goods incentivised by the scheme could include: biodiversity, which habitat enhancement and maintenance contribute to; cultural heritage, such as the maintenance of heritage buildings and monuments; and public access.

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