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Cattle Subsidy

Volume 884: debated on Thursday 23 January 1975

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will introduce a degree of flexibility in the minimum qualifying weights for subsidy of fat cattle to enable a beast which is finished in every respect to qualify.

No. The minimum qualifying weights for beef premium and the variable premium are designed to encourage orderly marketing of cattle. This could be undermined by flexible application of the standards.