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Livestock Subsidies

Volume 934: debated on Monday 27 June 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what was the amount of the hill ewe subsidy in each of the last five years; and to how many farmers it overpaid.

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what was the amount of the hill cow subsidy in its last year of operation, the amount of the hill compensatory amounts in each year since then and in each case the number of farmers to which they were paid.

The last payments under the former Hill Cattle (Scotland) Scheme were made in 1975 when a total of £11,465,973, including winter keep and crofters headage supplements, was paid to 13,021 claimants. Details of the amounts paid in Scotland on hill cows in each of the years 1976 and 1977 under the Hill Livestock (Compensatory Allowances) Regulations 1975 are given below:

Scheme YearTotal Amount Paid
1976£13,329,966
1977£13,005,021
(provisional)
Scheme YearTotal No. of Claims
197614,506
197713,726
(provisional)

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what was the amount of the beef cow subsidy paid to farmers in Scotland during each of the last three years; and to how many farmers it was paid.

The information is given below:

Scheme YearTotal Amount Paid
1975£948,431
1976£890,395
1977(provisional)£824,934
Scheme YearTotal No. of Claims
19753,645
19763,301
1977 (provisional)2,901