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Hill Farming

Volume 78: debated on Wednesday 1 May 1985

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food whether the grants and subsidies to hill farming are mandatory; and if he will publish in the Official Report a table showing the extent to which the different benefits are financed out of the European Economic Community budget.

The special aid to farmers in the less favoured areas is provided at my discretion within the limits permitted by EC directive 75/268 in order to ensure the continued viability of our hill and upland farms.Details of aids paid in the less favoured areas in 1983 and of the European Community's contribution to them are as follows:

Grant paid in 1983Reimbursement from FEOGA
£ million£ million
Hill livestock compensatory allowances85·34721·337
Development plans32·9226·826
Joint investment schemes0·0340·009
Total118·30328·172

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what were the grants and subsidies covered by the figures given in his written reply dated 19 December, Official Report, colum 200, on support to hill farms; and if he will give the amounts spent under the various headings.

The following grants and subsidies were included in the derivation of the percentage figures quoted in the written reply dated 19 December 1984, at column 200:

ECU/tonne (Marketing year: November-October)
1972–73*1980–811981–821982–831983–841984–85
Basic Price825·001,587·211,761·801,946·802,053·872,033·30
Sluice-gate price554·6631,143·701,364·401,271·901,412·901,534·60
Basic import levy262·728411·30345·30508·40478·30398·20
MECU
Market support1973†19801981198219831984
Export refunds96·791·6132·696·1120·2157·0
Aids to private storage24·022·015·524·838·9
Total96·7115·6154·6111·6145·0195·9
* UA/tonne
† MUA

Source: European Commission.