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Agriculture (Subsidies)

Volume 486: debated on Tuesday 10 April 1951

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland to state, to the nearest convenient date, the total amount of subsidy paid in the Highland counties in respect of sheep rearing and cattle rearing, respectively; and the amount of subsidy which has been paid in the above areas in connection with hill farms and which is outwith the ambit of the sheep and cattle subsidies.

As the answer is necessarily long, I will, with permission, circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Following is the reply:

The total amounts of hill sheep and hill cattle subsidies paid to hill and upland farmers in the seven crofting counties of Scotland from the inception of the subsidy schemes until 31st March, 1951, were £3,964,000 and £2,650,000 respectively. I append a table giving this information in detail.

In addition, £559,000, £1,050,000 and £580,500 were paid to farmers in these counties up to 31st March, 1951, in marginal production assistance, ploughing-up and calf rearing subsidies, respectively. Most, though not all, of these payments would go to hill and upland farmers in the area; I regret, however, that records do not show separate figures for these categories.

With regard to certain other forms of assistance, e.g., the lime subsidy, the information for which the hon. Member

AMOUNTS OF VARIOUS SUBSIDIES PAID SINCE THE INCEPTION OF THE SCHEMES TO HOLDERS IN THE CROFTING COUNTIES (ARGYLL, CAITHNESS, INVERNESS, ORKNEY, ROSS AND CROMARTY, SUTHERLAND AND SHETLAND)
Scheme YearGrassland Ploughing SchemeHill Sheep SubsidyHill Cattle SubsidyMarginal Agricultural ProductionCalf Rearing Subsidy
£££££
194055,542
194142,507113,000Say 2/3rds of 28,600*
194242,199339,918
194333,908374,113142,16437,244
194430,458295,808208,29664,329
194521,563379,942301,03168,782
194683,075384,823355,13076,272
194797,019458,278387,74486,404
1948239,323837,144400,39377,51982,956
1949190,352519,842419,44771,551296,096
1950214,398261,339423,37476,877201,448
TOTALS1,050,3443,964,2072,637,579558,978580,500
Grand Total of payments shown above, £8,791,608.

* Separate figures for various counties not available.