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Hill Farming

Volume 974: debated on Thursday 29 November 1979

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he is satisfied with the short- and long-term prospects for the hill farming sector of the United Kingdom agriculture industry.

The Government are naturally concerned at the immediate problems of the hill farming sector and we have demonstrated our concern by the increases in hill livestock compensatory allowances we announced on 22 November. We believe that hill livestock farming has a vital role to play in the future of the United Kingdom agriculture industry and we believe that its long-term prospects are good.