HC Deb 06 June 1939 vol 348 c182
4. Mr. Thornton-Kemsley

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether farmers who, desiring to improve their land in a time of emergency, ploughed up poor permanent grass this year before the policy of the ploughing subsidy was announced, will be enabled to receive this assistance?

Mr. Colville

My hon. Friend will remember that when the scheme for assisting the ploughing up of old grass land was announced on 3rd May it was explained that it was to apply to a programme of summer ploughing undertaken after that date. In the circumstances I regret that I can hold out no hope of grant being paid in respect of land ploughed up before the announcement was made.

Mr. Henderson Stewart

Can the right hon. Gentleman indicate what response has been made already by farmers under this scheme?

Mr. Colville

Not without notice.