asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how many hill farmers utilised the stock adjustment scheme introduced in December 1974; how many cattle were involved and what was the total cost to public funds.
Ninety-one farmers had their applications approved under the Hill Cattle Agistment Subsidy Scheme involving 2,108 cattle. A first instalment at the rate of £10 per eligible cow has been paid and amounts to £21,080. Payment of the second (final) instalment at £5 per eligible cow is conditional on the cattle being returned to the hills. If all are returned the further cost will be £10,540.