12 May 1995

ESA payments total £20.1m

FIFTEEN farmers received more than £50,000 each in environmentally sensitive areas (ESA) payments in 1994/95.

Another 382 received over £10,000, 1035 over £5000, 3382 over £1000 and 824 less than £1000. Altogether £20.1m or 65% of the budgeted £31m was spent on the 22 English ESAs: Commons replies. &#42