HC Deb 20 April 1950 vol 474 cc319-20
58. Mr. Hurd

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much is expended from the food subsidy account to cheapen consumers' prices in the case of homegrown food and imported food respectively; and what proportions these subsidies bear to the actual cost of the food in both cases.

Mr. Gaitskell

It is estimated that of this year's food subsidies, totalling £410 million, £246 million will be in respect of home-produced food and £164 million in respect of imported food. The estimated subsidy on home-produced food will be 43.6 per cent. of the cost, and on imported food 16.5 per cent.

Captain Crookshank

Will the right hon. Gentleman see that this information is carefully explained to the new Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food?

59. Mr. Hurd

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will give particulars of the subsidies paid to British farmers apart from those subsidies for the direct benefit of consumers which are paid on food supplies from all sources.

Mr. Gaitskell

I will, with permission, circulate the particulars in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Following are the particulars:

It is estimated that the subsidies paid to British farmers during the financial year 1950–51 will be as follows:—*

Items borne on the Votes of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries. (Class VI. Votes 8 and 9.)
Attested herds scheme 2,500,000
Milk recording 76,000
Grants for stallions, bulls, etc. 52,000
Grants to artificial insemination centres 1,000
Grants for the drainage of agricultural land and water supply grants 2,151,000
Wool subsidy 250,000
Ploughing-up grants 1,000,000
Marginal production assistance 300,000
Hill sheep and hill cattle subsidies 1,305,000
Hill farms improvement grants 330,000
Lime subsidy 6,300,000
Free artificial insemination services 60,000
Calf subsidy 6,000,000
Grass drying grants 100,000
Items borne on the Votes of the Department of Agriculture for Scotland. (Class VI. Votes 20 and 21.)
Grants for improvement of live-stock 104,000
Land drainage and water supply grants 390,000
Grass conservation grants 8,000
Ploughing-up grants 500,000
Hill sheep and hill cattle subsidies 1,380,000
Hill farm improvement grants 150,000
Bracken destruction grants 14,000
Marginal production assistance 300,000
Calf subsidy 1,100,000
Free artificial insemination services 2,000
Grand Total 24,373,000
*Acreage payments are excluded since they are regarded as a consumer subsidy and are included in the food subsidy calculations.