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Land Reclamation

Volume 116: debated on Thursday 14 May 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether he will state the total expenditure by way of grant-aid on land reclamation in the Province, the area of land which has been reclaimed, and the number of farmers or landowners who have benefited, in respect of each of the years 1980 to 1986, under each of the following schemes: (1) the farm capital grant scheme, (2) the farm and horticulture development scheme. (3) the agricultural and horticultural grant scheme, (4) the agricultural and horticultural development scheme, and (5) the agriculture improvement scheme (EC).

[pursuant to his reply, 11 May 1987, c. 27]: The expenditure per scheme (where appropriate) for the financial years 1980–81 to 1985–86 inclusive is:

Year and scheme

Number of payments

Grant paid

Farm and Horticulture Development613289,213
Agricultural and Horticultural Development1011,445
Farm Capital Grant1,333487,548
Agricultural and Horticultural Grant1,149349,551
Farm and Horticulture Development456192,449
Agricultural and Horticultural Development2115,838
Farm Capital Grant606203,872
Agricultural and Horticultural Grant1,534347,453
Farm and Horticulture Development363178,516
Agricultural and Horticultural Development6045,061
Farm Capital Grant294101,059
Agricultural and Horticultural Grant1,898748,914
Farm and Horticulture Development18460,419
Agricultural and Horticultural Development10180,373
Farm Capital Grant114,490
Agricultural and Horticultural Grant1,256954,639

The area of land which has been reclaimed and the number of farmers or landowners who have benefited could only be obtained at disproportionate cost. The above table gives the number of payments, which will exceed the number of individual beneficiaries as farmers may submit a number of claims per item of expenditure.