HC Deb 04 May 1944 vol 399 c1471
53. Sir I. Fraser

asked the Minister of Agriculture if he will reconsider the reduction from 8s, to 6s. of the hill sheep subsidy.

The Minister of Agriculture (Mr. R. S. Hudson)

One of the primary objects of the hill sheep subsidy is to give a suitable measure of assistance to a class of farmers who have been adversely affected by the war. In the light of a review of their present economic position and of other relevant considerations, I am satisfied that a rate of 6s. per ewe is sufficient for this purpose.

Sir I. Fraser

Is my right hon. Friend really satisfied by inquiry that our flocks of sheep are adequate and increasing, so as to provide us with meat in due time without undue importation from other places?

Mr. Hudson

I think that the answer is "Yes, Sir."

Lieut.-Colonel Dower

Is my right hon. Friend aware that Cumberland farmers are not in agreement with his point of view, and will he be good enough to receive representations in regard to this subsidy if they are brought to him?