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Land Settlement Association

Volume 33: debated on Tuesday 30 November 1982

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he is now able to report the outcome of the investigations announced by him on 25 May into the financial problems faced by certain growers at four Land Settlement Association estates; and whether he intends to take any action as a result.

Officers of my Agricultural Development and Advisory Service have now completed detailed investigations into the circumstances of each of the 75 tenants who entered into tenancies on ChawstonPotton, Fulney, Fen Drayton and Newbourn after 1 October 1978, which I announced in answer to the question from my hon. Friend the Member for Mid-Bedfordshire (Mr. Hastings) on 25 May 1982.—[Vol. 24, c.298.]This examination concerned the value of the glass on entry and the computations which these tenants were given by officers of the Land Settlement Association. On two of the estates, Fen Drayton and Newbourn, the investigation has revealed no evidence of a general over-statement in these two calculations, although there were overstatements in a few individual cases. At Chawston-Potton, and to a lesser extent Fulney, the investigation suggests that during the period in question these two calculations had been generally too high.My officials have written today to the individual growers concerned informing them of the outcome of these investigations in their particular case. Without accepting legal liability for any difficulties which individual tenants may have encountered, an appropriate financial offer is

Number of Pig ProducersPer cent. of Total RepliesNumber of Pigs OwnedPer cent. Total Replies
In favour of an eradication programme9,43385·75,550,71386·6
Against an eradication programme1,56914·3862,46413·4
A total of 26,040 pig producers were polled owning 7,474,261 pigs; 42·3 per cent. of producers completed and returned the questionaire and they owned 85·8 per cent. of the total pig population. Those in favour own 74·3 per cent. of the total pig population in Great Britain.I believe that these results show the support of those who own almost three-quarters of our pigs and mean that we must go ahead with the plans for a control and eradication policy. I am now consulting the National Farmers' Union and other interested organisations.