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The Government strongly disapprove of the tobacco regime, which exists as part of the common agricultural policy. We believe that the Community should progressively disengage from support for tobacco production on grounds of health and cost. We continue to press for further progress in this area following the reform of the regime agreed in June of this year.
Lord Donoughue: Within the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food my honourable friend the Minister of State deals with equine health matters, and my honourable friend the Parliamentary Secretary (Commons) with welfare issues. I have responsibility for equine issues which impact on the agricultural and wider rural economy.
Lord Donoughue: The nitrate sensitive areas scheme was closed following the Government's comprehensive spending review in order to release funds for other priority areas, including other agri-environment schemes. Where NSA measures have created wider environmental benefits, such schemes may offer a means for their retention.
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