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Crofting (Wool Sales)

Volume 884: debated on Wednesday 22 January 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what steps he is taking to raise the return on wool to crofters; how far poor prices are due to increased imports; and if he will make a statement.

The guaranteed price to all wool producers, including crofters, who are registered with the British Wool Marketing Board is currently being examined in the context of the annual review of agriculture. The fall in wool prices in this country is a direct result of the fall in world prices and in demand for wool. Imports into this country during the first 11 months of 1974 were 20 per cent. less than in the corresponding period in 1973.