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Horticulture (Glasshouse Sector)

Volume 889: debated on Wednesday 26 March 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what is the annual cost of oil for heating one acre of glasshouses in Northern Ireland; and what would be the saving if the price of oil were reduced by 2p per gallon at present prices.

The cost varies with the crop and timing of production. It is not possible to establish a standard cost figure applicable to all growers. The usage of oil per acre per annum varies between 30,000 and 50,000 gallons. The annual cost therefore ranges from £6,780 to £11,300. A reduction in the price of oil by 2p per gallon would reduce the annual cost by between £600 and £1,000.

asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what was the value of the various glasshouse crops imported into Northern Ireland from Eire and from elsewhere in 1973 and 1974, respectively.

The information is as follows:—produced in Northern Ireland in 1973 and in 1974; and how much was exported to Eire and how much elsewhere.

The approximate total value of the glasshouse crops produced in Northern Ireland in 1973 and 1974 was £600,000 and £650,000 respectively. There are no statistics of value for the individual crops except tomatoes, which average £500,000 annually. The Northern Ireland market takes the entire production.

asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will take steps to restore the position of glasshouse growers in Northern Ireland vis-à-vis the Irish Republic, since the producers in the Irish Republic have a subsidy of 2p per gallon on oil.

I have been asked to reply.No such steps are needed. The glasshouse fuel oil subsidy in the United Kingdom was 6p per gallon from 1st January to 30th June 1974 and 4p per gallon from 1st July to 31st December 1974; that in the Irish Republic was 5p per gallon from 1st July to 31st December 1974 and is 2p per gallon from 1st January to 30th June 1975, when it is due to terminate. The United Kingdom subsidy was thus more generous than that given in the Irish Republic.

APPLICATIONS FOR FIREARM CERTIFICATES
19751974
Initial Grant VariationRenewalInitial GrantVariationRenewal
Application made Of which:1,3512,6676,1211,8887,5571,778
refused106128729516114
refused but later reconsidered and granted before appeal.41467figures not immediately available
outstanding on 21st March (total).573400
APPEALS TO THE SECRETARY OF STATE
19751974
Appeals made Of which:197182
outside the statutory time limit5
allowed by the secreatory of state1
refused by the secretary of state238
allowed by the Chief Constable pending decision4910
outstanding on 21st March140134