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Government Support Cost

Volume 885: debated on Tuesday 28 January 1975

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will give details of the latest estimate he has made of the cost in 1974–75 of expenditure by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries for Scotland under United Kingdom price guarantees and other grants and subsidies, together with comparable figures for the preceding year.

Following are the details of the latest estimates for the financial year 1974–75, together with comparable figures for the outturn in the financial year 1973–74:

Latest estimate of outturn 1974–75Actual outturn 1973–74
£ million£ million
I. Price Guarantees—Products covered by CAP
Wheat
Barley6·0
Oats and mixed corn2·8
Milk*103·2
Pigs
Eggs0·35·7
TOTAL I0·3117·7
II. Price Guarantees—Products not covered by CAP
Sheep8·4
Wool-4·5-5·2
Potatoes1·61·0
TOTAL II5·5-4·2
III. Other Grants and Subsidies
Dairy Herd Conversion Scheme11·22·1
Fertilisers6·414·6
Lime5·04·5
Calves50·933·9
Beef cows18·99·2
Pig subsidy29·0
Oil for horticulture6·0
Farm structure1·81·3
Farm Capital Grants Scheme84·072·2
Grants absorbed by FCGS3·36·9
Grants for horticulture (national schemes)7·410·1
Hill cattle31·516·9
Hill sheep17·910·4

Latest estimate of outturn 1974–75

Actual outturn 1973–74

£ million

£ million

Winter keep11·37·0
Brucellosis eradication incentives20·3†3·0
Agricultural training1·91·9
Others5·33·8
TOTAL III312·1197·8
GRAND TOTAL317·9311·3

* Expenditure under the milk guarantee arrangements, together with the special additional payments, is estimated at £323 million in 1974–75 but this expenditure is now attributed to food subsidies.

† Includes milk gallonage premiums, included under Milk in Section I for 1973–74.