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Agricultural Support, Northern Ireland

Volume 718: debated on Wednesday 3 November 1965

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what was the total payment for agricultural support in respect of Northern Ireland in the latest year for which figures are available; what this was per acre and per head of population, respectively; and how this compares with corresponding figures for the United Kingdom as a whole.

In 1964–65 total payments for agricultural support in Northern Ireland amounted to £26 million in total, including payments for Northern Ireland Votes. This is equivalent to approximately £10 per acre of crops, grass and rough grazings and approximately £18 per head of total population. The corresponding figures for the United Kingdom as a whole were £256.6 million in total, equivalent to £5 per acre and £5 per head of total population. The amount of subsidies received in various parts of the United Kingdom depends on the pattern and intensity of agriculture.