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Volume 934: debated on Monday 27 June 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many orders for computers have been made by local authorities in Scotland, by means of open-tender system, in the years 1974–75, 1975–76 and 1976–77.

My right hon. Friend does not receive detailed information on local authority computer pur-

Hill or Specially Qualified SheepUpland or Qualified Sheep
Scheme yearTotal amount paidTotal number of claimsTotal amount paidTotal number of claims


The 1973, 1974 and 1975 payments, which include winter keep and crofters headage supplements, were made under the Hill and Upland Sheep (Scotland) Scheme 1972 while those for 1976 and 1977 were made under the Hill Livestock (Compensatory Allowances) Regulations 1975.

In each of the years some farmers claimed both hill and upland subsidy by tthe numbers cannot be readily identified.

The figures for 1977 are provisional.

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

Details of the total amounts and numbers of claims paid in each of the last three calendar years are given below. Records are not kept of the numbers of individuals to whom the subsidy is paid: some submit more than one claim in a year.

Calendar YearTotal amount paidTotal number claims
Stage A8,679,67629,678
Stage B94,0254,928
Stage A12,298,54931,866
Stage B322,6537,532
Stage A6,762,57526,969
Stage B171,6746,410

Note: Animals may be certified for payment either after examination on the farm (Stage A) or at the carcase stage when presented at an approved deadweight certification centre (Stage B).

chases. He is aware, however, that approximately 250 local authorities have computer installations and that such machines have normally been purchased by an open tender system.