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Marginal Land Farmers (Assistance)

Volume 14: debated on Tuesday 8 December 1981

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asked the Secretary of State for Wales if he will take steps to give specific assistance to marginal land farmers in Wales; and if he will make a statement.

The Government can give no commitment to provide specific assistance to marginal land farmers in Wales. The area which has been identified as meeting the land quality criterion of EEC directive 75/268 is now being subjected to the economic and demographic tests required by the directive. We are in the later stages of this part of the exercise.