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Crops And Livestock

Volume 933: debated on Monday 13 June 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish comparative figures showing the differences between financial returns for Scottish farmers on crops and livestock since 1974; and if he is satisfied with these trends.

I refer the hon. Member to the financial results for the different types of farming in Scotland published annually in the Annual Review White Paper (Table 24) and, in greater detail, in "Scottish Agricultural Economics". These show substantial increases in income on all types of farm in 1975–76 as compared with 1974–75, and in the latter publication a further improvement was forecast for every main type in the 1976–77 year just finished.