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Livestock Rearing Land (Improvement Grants)

Volume 639: debated on Wednesday 3 May 1961

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Motion made, and Question proposed,

That the Livestock Rearing Land Improvement Grants (Increase of Aggregate Maximum) Order, 1961, dated 20th March, 1961, a copy of which was laid before this House on 23rd March, be approved.—[Mr. Vane.]

11.42 p.m.

I wonder if the Parliamentary Secretary could say exactly what this Order does?

The Joint Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food
(Mr. W. M. F. Vane)

Certainly. I think that this Order is even simpler than the last one. As the House will remember, under the Hill Farming and Livestock Rearing Acts, 1946, 1951 and 1956, money was made available—£25 million—with a possible addition of another £2 million for payment as grants to supplement the cost of carrying out comprehensive and approved schemes for the rehabilitation of hill farms.

We have now arrived at the stage where we have practically committed ourselves to the £25 million allowed under the Acts and it seems that it is the right, traditional and sane thing to ask the House to give us the authority for the additional £2 million provided in the Acts.

Question put and agreed to.